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Northumberland Coast | Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The Newsletter of the Northumberland Coast
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
June 2018

Amazingly, it is already time to undertake the next five-yearly review of the AONB Management Plan. This is a very important document that sets out the Council's policies for the management of the AONB, and is also a valuable guide for other organisations and people who play a role in maintaining and enhancing the special qualities of this beautiful area. Our first consultation has commenced; this is looking at the aims and policies in the existing Plan to gather peoples' thoughts about their continued relevance and what needs to change. Please take the opportunity to share your thoughts with us about this by following the link in the article below.

Your responses to this consultation will help us to shape the policies in the revised Plan and we will be consulting about these in the autumn.
Jeff Watson
Cllr Jeff Watson
Chair, Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership
Management Plan Review
There is a requirement to review the Northumberland Coast AONB Management Plan every five years, and so we need to have a new plan in place by April 2019. Work on the review has commenced, and we are very keen to ensure that there are opportunities for local communities, businesses, land managers and others with an interest in the management of the AONB to contribute to this. 

We would be very grateful to receive your comments and suggestions for change regarding the consultation document by 10th July 2018. Please return these using this form where possible, or otherwise in writing to Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership, County Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 2EF.
Peregrini Archaeology
Thanks to an extension grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we've been able to return to the Holy Island Heugh to continue with another season of the Peregrini Lindisfarne Community Archaeology Project.

The results from the last two years summer excavations have been truly remarkable with the discovery of the remains of an early Anglo-Saxon chapel site and watchtower. This season the excavations ran for the month of June - with two days to go, volunteers discovered a deeply carved decorated fragment of an Anglo-Saxon cross shaft. Initial tentative analysis of the 30cm long segment suggests it dates from the early 9th century. This latest piece of our jigsaw seems to affirm the importance of the Heugh within the Anglo-Saxon landscape.

Written Word Competition
Do you love writing? Are you a budding poet? Then we have a competition just for you! 
Write a short story or poem about the Northumberland Coast and you could win a cash prize, as part of our 60th anniversary celebrations. 

Are you a budding writer with an interest in the coast and the natural or historic environment? Or do you work with young people or adults who are interested in writing? This competition aims to encourage people from Northumberland and beyond to reflect on and write about the Northumberland coast. 

For further details about the competition and to find our the terms of entry, take a look at the blog on our website. 

Waves and Bones Poetry
Waves and Bones premiered at the Newcastle Poetry Festival 2018 and is a visual response by Phyllis Christopher to a myriad of poets who visited sites on the Northumberland coast to be inspired by relics and stories of pilgrimage. The project was sponsored by the AONB Partnership.
New Sightseeing Tour on Arriva Coast & Castles Bus
We've joined forces with Arriva North East to create a new Northumberland Coast and Castles sightseeing tour on their X18 bus.

This spectacular tour runs everyday between Amble, Alnwick and Berwick from Saturday 30th June until Sunday 4th November 2018. On one of the most scenic bus routes in the country, the X18 follows the Northumberland coast passing sandy beaches, six different castles, nature reserves and coastal villages. It's sixty years since the coast was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a commentary is now provided on selected journeys highlighting the history and heritage of this beautiful landscape.
Review of designation
Michael Gove has appointed a team led by the journalist and author Julian Glover to review National Parks and AONBs in England. The terms of reference emphasize that there is no intention to diminish the level of protection that these areas receive, but the Review will examine and make recommendations on a range of matters including how effectively protected landscapes are meeting their statutory purposes; their governance; their financing; the case for extension or creation of new designated landscapes; and how well National Parks and AONBs support local communities. 
We await details of the opportunities that we will have to work with the review team, which will report to Government in 2019.
Young Rangers
Following on from this years success, the Coast Care Initiative will be starting a new Young Rangers programme again in September, which will run through until July 2019.

Young Rangers is a free and exciting project for people aged 13 to 19, living between Berwick and Amble (including Wooler and Alnwick). If you enjoy being outdoors and want to make a difference to our local environment then come and join in and have some fun! You will have a chance to learn outdoor survival skills, take part in day trips to amazing places in Northumberland and make new friends. You will also work towards achieving the John Muir award, which is focused on helping people care for and enjoy wild places. 

Jude Aldred
It is with immense sadness that we write about the death of Jude Aldred, one of our most brilliant advocates. Jude died peacefully at home in Bamburgh surrounded by her family on June 18th.

Jude was a fabulous, vibrant and vivacious women who lived a life full of adventure and endeavour. She was a true Northumbrian heralding from the fourth generation of Bamburgh butchers. She travelled widely and lived for spells in both Australia and the Outer Hebrides, but eventually Bamburgh and her love of the village drew her back.

She was one of the AONB's most ardent supporters with the preservation of the character and community of Bamburgh at the forefront of her ambition and deep rooted in her heart. Amongst her many accolades she was one of the founding member of Bamburgh Heritage Trust, for years served as the chair of Bamburgh Parish Council and was instrumental in the creation of the North Northumberland Coastal neighbourhood plan.

We, like so many others, feel her loss greatly and our condolences go to her beloved family - daughter Kate, son-in-law Sam and grandchildren Isla, Meg and Rory and her brother Michael and his family.

Northumberland's Secret Seas Talk

Discovering the mysterious underwater world off the Northumberland coast, this talk by Ben Burville will focus on the behaviour of grey seals and white beaked dolphins. It will also feature some incredible marine birds.

Ben is a Visiting Researcher at Newcastle University's School of Marine Science. A keen diver with over thirty years of experience, he has spent more time in the water with grey seals than anyone in the world.

Thursday 5th July 2018 
Great North Museum - Hancock 
6-7pm for Great Exhibition of the North  

Limestone Landscape Guided Walk

Have you ever wondered what has shaped the landscape here? Northumberland and the Borders have a treasure chest of rocks telling so many different stories in a landscape of extraordinary beauty. Northumbrian Earth has been set up to explore and tell these stories, to the local communities, to visitors and to businesses. You can explore these stories, looking at the rocks in the company of Dr Ian Kille, an expert and enthusiast on all things geological.

Tuesday 3rd July 10:00: AONB Geodiversity Walk: Cocklawburn


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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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