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The Newsletter of the Northumberland Coast
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

We start 2017 with some exciting news! Together with Northumberland Wildlife Trust and Seahouses Development Trust we've secured a £522,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to recruit, train and support volunteers to help care for this beautiful place. The initiative is called 'Coast Care'.  

As well as recruiting a volunteer 'army', we are also delighted to have the opportunity to restart the Young Rangers programme which gives 13-18 year-olds practical hands-on experience of countryside management.

The article in this newsletter gives more details of how to volunteer.  I hope that you will be able to give some of your time to contribute to the management of our amazing natural and cultural heritage.  

Cllr John Woodman
Chair, Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership
Grant will help recruit an army to care for the coast

Coast Care, an initiative that will recruit and train an army of volunteers to look after the North Northumberland Coastal area, has been awarded a grant of £522,600 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Coast Care is a partnership initiative bringing the Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership, Northumberland Wildlife Trust and Seahouses Development Trust together to oversee the project. Made possible by National Lottery players, the grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will enable Coast Care to employ a small staff team to recruit and support volunteers who will help care for this special place. The staff team will be based in Seahouses in the heart of the Coast Care area and it is anticipated that a project co-ordinator will be recruited early in 2017.

The project will increase capacity to look after the landscape by effectively 'match making' volunteers with volunteering opportunities and co-ordinating effort so that, collectively, local people, communities and visitors are able to contribute to the management of their amazing natural and cultural heritage. Training, support and resources will be provided to enable as many people as possible to contribute and to maximise the potential of an, as yet untapped, volunteer 'army'.

Anybody interested in volunteering should contact us by email at or by calling 01670 622306. 

You can read the full Coast Care article on our blog
Boundaries for Birds Event 

Are you interested in the best way to manage hedges and field edges for birds and other wildlife? 

Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE), along with the Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership, are hosting a 'Boundaries for Birds' farm walk at Longbank Farm, Longhoughton on Tuesday 28 February 2017, 1pm - 4pm.   

Longbank Farm is a 600 acre predominately arable farm with a comprehensive HLS agreement. Our hosts for the event, Caroline and Harry Chrisp, have implemented a range of options to enhance farmland bird numbers and are monitoring progress by implementing farmland bird surveys. Significant effort has also been put into restoring the field boundary network on the farm. 

The farm walk will include an overview of the farm, a discussion on different hedge management techniques as well as a chance to talk about grant opportunities and CFE voluntary options. 

Booking would be helpful. Please call either your regional CFE advisor on 07432 562198 or the CFE National Event Booking Line on 02476 858897. 

Campaign for the Farmed Environment
Higher Level Stewardship

England Coast Path - Drop in Sessions
Natural England is busy implementing the England Coast Path - a new long distance trail that, once completed, will enable people to walk around the whole English Coast. 

For the first time, people will have the right of access around the whole of our open coast.  This might include foreshore, beach or cliffs, but will not affect buildings or residential gardens.

As part of this process, Natural England are holding public 'drop-in sessions' along the coast.

Anyone who believes they may be affected by the route or who is interested in finding out more information is welcome to attend.

Wednesday 15th February 2017
The William Elder Building, Berwick upon Tweed    13:.00 - 15:00 
The Pavillion, Bamburgh                                      16:30 -  19:00

Thursday 16th February 2017
The Pavillion, Bamburgh                                      09.30 - 11.30
Crossman Hall, Holy Island                                  13.30 - 15.30

Friday 17th February 2017
Methodist Hall, Alnmouth                                     09.30 - 12:00

More information is available from the Natural England website
Sustainable Development Fund Applications 2017

The Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) has been running for eleven years. It supports projects that bring social, environmental and economic benefits in the AONB as well as developing and testing new ways of achieving a more sustainable way of living. The Scheme has granted nearly half a million pounds since it began, helping over 150 projects become reality.

There is £20,000 available in the grant fund for 2017/18. The fund can provide grants from £500 up to £3,000 to those who wish to explore and develop practical projects that conserve and enhance the local environment, develop local economic activity, promote local produce and products or link local communities and improve quality of life. 

The application deadline is Friday 17 March 2017. The Appraisal Panel will meet during shortly afterwards to allocate the fund and projects can begin from 1 April 2017. To speak to someone about an idea or project and to obtain an application form, contact Catherine Gray, Grant Scheme Officer on (01670) 622 644, or by e-mail:

Information is also available on the website 
AONB Family
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AlnwickTourism Fair
Our 2017 Visitor Guide will soon be at the printers.

Come and pick up a copy from our stand at the Alnwick Tourism Fair on Tuesday 21st March at Willowburn Sports Centre in Alnwick.

Visit their website for more details.
Northumberland Coast
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The Northumberland Coast AONB was designated in 1958 and covers 39 miles of coast from Berwick to the Coquet estuary. Within this stretch of coastline is some of the most dramatic coastal scenery in the country.

The Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership is responsible for making sure that this landscape is conserved and enhanced now and for future generations.
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