Cotswolds Conservation Board shortlisted for national award

The Cotswolds Conservation Board has been shortlisted for an award in this year's prestigious Landscape Institute Awards 2010.

Following the Board's submission entitled: Strategic Planning for the Cotswolds Landscape, it has recently been announced that the submission has been shortlisted for one of 3 awards in the Strategic Landscape Planning category.

Director of the Cotswolds Conservation Board, Martin Lane explains: “I am delighted that we have been shortlisted for this national award. The Cotswolds is a beautiful landscape and, as the main duty of the Board is to conserve and enhance this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we have developed a range of policies and publications, including the Management Plan and the Landscape Strategies and Guidelines that have been used by us and a wide range of partner organisations including local authorities, to help guide new development programmes relating to the conservation and enhancement of the AONB."

Mr Lane continues: “As the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales, with fifteen local authorities covering the area, it is vital that we take a strategic approach to the management of the AONB and its landscape. It is this approach that has been recognised by the Landscape Institute.”

A recent example of such activity is the Wormington to Sapperton Gas Pipeline project whereby the Board has, to date, been able to secure around £500,000 worth of funding from National Grid to mitigate the wider environmental, social and economic effects of the construction of a 38km gas pipeline through the AONB.

The Landscape Institute Awards are presented to encourage and recognise outstanding examples of work by the landscape profession. The Awards Ceremony will be hosted by the poet, journalist and broadcaster Ian McMillan and will be held on Thursday 18 November 2010 in London.


Notes to editors:

  • For further information on the Landscape Institute Awards:
  • The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation with 37 members, 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by Government.
  • The Government has designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks as our finest countryside and they are recognised as being of national importance.
  • With its rolling hills and valleys the Cotswolds is the second largest protected landscape in England after the Lake District National Park. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.
  • The Cotswolds AONB is the largest of the family of 46 AONBs in the UK. For further details:

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