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

As you will no doubt be aware, the Government has asked for an independent review of England's National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Those of you that came to our annual forum earlier in the month will have heard Sarah Mukherjee, who is on the review panel, talk about the process and scope of it.

The panel will visit the Northumberland Coast AONB in the coming months - but they want everyone to have a chance to contribute, whether you live in the AONB, run a business in it, enjoy visiting, care about landscapes and biodiversity, or represent an organisation with views
that might shape and improve their findings. They want to hear from you. You will find more information in the article below and I encourage you to get involved.
Jeff Watson
Cllr Jeff Watson
Chair, Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership
Landscapes Review

Nearly 70 years after National Parks and AONBs were first established, a new review will ensure designated landscapes are fit for the future. The review, announced by the Government back in May is being led by writer Julian Glover. Julian and his team have recently announced a 'call for evidence' to gather information to guide the review.

They want to hear from anyone who has views about protected landscapes that might shape and improve their findings. In particular, people who:
- live in a national park or AONB
- run a business in them
- enjoy visiting
- care about landscapes and biodiversity

As people who care about the Northumberland Coast AONB we would encourage you take part. You can access the online survey here

Sparkling close to Diamond Celebrations
The Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership hosted a Celebration Concert at Ellingham Hall at the beginning of October to bring to a close a year of events to mark their diamond anniversary. It has been described as a "powerful essence of the Northumberland coast's talents, beauty, wildness and power to heal and inspire folk who live there and visit".
Reading Rooms reopen after refurb 
The Reading Rooms on Holy Island were officially reopened by Jane Crossman following a £55,000 makeover as part of our Heritage Lottery Funded Peregrini Lindisfarne Landscape Partnership Scheme. The Reading Rooms were gifted to the village by Robert Crossman in his will of 1894 and they have been well used by ever since. 
Warkworth farmer, David Park, planted over 36 acres of Phacelia, which is highly attractive and productive for bumblebees, honeybees and other pollinating insects. Sympathetic agricultural and gardening practices including wild flower planting are crucial for the future of honey bees and pollinating insects of all kinds.
Pages of the Sea 

14-18 NOW is working with regional partners to deliver workshops and events across the country in the lead up to 11 November 2018. There will be an opportunity for you or your community group to find out more about the people and stories of the First World War in your area; to explore the story of the face being drawn in the sand on your local beach; to create poetry and music to be shared on beaches on the day and to work with artists and writers to explore the themes of the First World War through poetry and art.

If you are interested in getting involved with events and workshops at Seahouses, contact

More details about the activity happening on Seahouses beach on Armistice will be made available in early November.

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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.

The Northumberland Coast AONB is part of the AONB Family - the UK's Landscapes for Life
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