Your view of the landscape

PUBLISHED: 13:28 19 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:12 15 June 2010

PEOPLE across the area are being asked for their views on how to conserve and enhance the nationally protected landscape.

PEOPLE across the area are being asked for their views on how to conserve and enhance the nationally protected landscape.The partnerships in both the East Devon and Blackdown Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are seeking public views on the management strategy.Chris Woodruff, East Devon AONB manager, said: "Five years ago, there was a statutory duty for local authorities to produce a plan for conserving and enhancing AONBs, which represent some of England's finest countryside and are part of the same family of protected landscapes as National Parks."Without the same levels of resources as National Parks, independent partnerships were established and tasked with producing management strategies for these areas on their behalf."As we approach the successful completion of our first five years of work for the partnership, it is timely we ask people for their views on our priorities for the next five years' policies and work."Linda Bennett, of the Blackdown Hills AONB partnership, said: "This is a great chance for us to listen to people's comments, include changes, and make sure that we have the best strategies in place to protect the future of this wonderful area."The consultation will run until Tuesday, September 30 and for more details visit the relevant websites www.blackdown-hills.net or www.eastdevonaonb.org.uk

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