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Northumberland Coast | Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
 
CoastalViews
The Newsletter of the Northumberland Coast
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
 
December 2018
 
 
 
 
 
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New poles across the Lindisfarne sands
The line of poles marking the walking route to Holy Island have been in place for decades, but recently some of them had gone missing or become loose.  As part of the Peregrini Lindisfarne Landscape Partnership Scheme, the missing poles were replaced. The Peregrini scheme, which is funded by players of the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) arranged for the missing and loose poles to be replaced.
 
 
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Launch of our Visitor Guide

Our Visitor Guide for 2018/19 was launched at the North Tourism Fair at Willowburn Leisure Centre, Alnwick in March. The Fair is a great way for local people to find out about festivals, events and family days out.

 
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Diamond Celebrations

We had a fantastic day on the coast celebrating our 60th anniversary! Two of our guests were AONB Chairman, Cllr Jeff Watson and Cllr Guy Renner-Thompson, who helped us plant 60 hedgerow trees in Bamburgh. John Grundy was our guest speaker and he helped us cut our fabulous cake along with Jeff and previous chair of the AONB, Pat Scott.

 
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Management Plan Review
There is a requirement to review our Management Plan every five years, meaning a new plan needs to be in place by April 2019. Work on the review has commenced and we gave local communities, businesses, land managers and others with an interest in the management of the AONB an opportunity to contribute to this. 
 
 
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Car-free Itineraries 
As part of efforts to get visitors to the Northumberland Coast to have more car-free days, we've republished our public transport itinerary planners for seven of the main towns and villages on the coast.

 

 
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Written Word Competition
We held a written word competition as part of our anniversary celebrations. We asked budding writers to write a short story or poem about the Northumberland Coast. We had an amazing response with 147 entries over the three age categories.   
 

 
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SDF Grant Funding
Lowick Heritage Group received a grant from the Sustainable Development Fund to carry out a geophysical survey of the purported Iron Age farming enclosure at Hunting Hall Farm. 
 

 
 
 
New Grant Scheme on the coast

We launched a £5,000 Community Environmental Projects Fund along with the Coast Care Initiative. 

This new grant scheme enables local community volunteers to make a contribution to their village or parish. Funding is available for built environment or environmental projects. It can be used towards the cost of tools or for professional support.  

 
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Step forward to become Coast Path Warden

Walkers on the Northumberland coast were asked to become voluntary wardens to help maintain their favourite sections of the Northumberland Coast Path and other walking routes.

Through our volunteering initiative Coast Care, we are seeking walkers to step forward and help to look after the long distance path and to keep any eye on rights of way in their area.

 
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Sparkling Close to Diamond Celebrations! 
We hosted a Celebration Concert at Ellingham Hall at the beginning of October to bring to a close a year of events to mark our diamond anniversary. It was a marvellous evening of entertainment which followed on from an inspiring Forum during the afternoon. Here's to the next 60 years!
 
 
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Beach Litter Report
A report on a year-long beach litter survey on the Northumberland coast revealed that our beaches are some of the cleanest in the country but plastic waste is still a big issue. More than 800 volunteers spent over 5,000 hours out on the beaches of the AONB over the last year counting and collecting the litter they find.  
 

 
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Reading Rooms Refurb
The Reading Rooms on Holy Island were officially reopened by Jane Crossman following a £55,000 makeover as part of our HLF Peregrini Lindisfarne Landscape Partnership Scheme. The Reading Rooms were gifted to the village of Holy Island by Robert Crossman in 1894 and they have been well used by local people, pilgrims and other visitors ever since. 
 

 
 
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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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