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Northumberland Coast | Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The Newsletter of the Northumberland Coast
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
February 2019

Welcome to the February edition of 'Coastal Views'. 

This month, we've launched a new campaign to get businesses on the coast to sign up to the Refill scheme which will tell visitors were they can get their water bottles refilled.

It has become a social norm to drink bottled water when we're 'on the go' even though we have some of the safest tap water in the world. In the UK alone we consume 13 billion plastic bottles a year. Many of these bottles are disposed of properly and recycled but some inevitably end up in the sea and on the beach.

Encouraging businesses to sign up to the Refill App is the first campaign we've launched as a result of our recent beach litter survey. If you are interested in volunteering to talk to businesses where you live, please contact Anna Chouler at Coast Care. There's more information on our campaign in the article below.  
Jeff Watson
Cllr Jeff Watson
Chair, Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership
Put your tap on the map

We've launched a new campaign to get businesses on the coast to sign up to the Refill scheme which will tell visitors were they can get their water bottles refilled.

We want businesses to put their tap on the map and sign up to the Refill Scheme to help reduce the amount of plastic bottles ending up on beaches and in the sea. Refill is an award-winning campaign which aims to prevent millions of plastic bottles ending up in the environment by making it easier to fill up a reusable bottle with tap water.

Visitor Guide 2019/20
We'll soon be launching our Visitor Guide at the North Tourism Fair on Tuesday 19 March at Willowburn Sports Centre, Alnwick.

The stunning front cover image was captured by Embleton photographer, Andy Craig. Our much-loved annual visitor guide to the Northumberland Coast AONB is now in a handy magazine format. With 48 pages full of features and useful information to help you discover this stunning part of the world, you can make the most of your visit in your own way and at your own pace.
Kristian Purchase
Coast Care started the New Year by welcoming Kristian Purchase as its new project assistant. His main responsibilities within this role will be training volunteers and delivering conservation tasks.

Talking about his appointment, Becky Waring, Coast Care Initiative Manager said: "Kristian is a great addition to the Coast Care team. As the initiative delivers a huge range of opportunities, helping people access training and skills development, and resourcing and supporting existing volunteer groups, his own experience as a volunteer will prove to be invaluable, coupled with his knowledge and enthusiasm for environmental and wildlife conservation. 

Berwick-upon-Tweed perceptions survey
If you are a visitor or a resident, please complete this survey so that Hemmingway Design can create the best place brand for Berwick. 
Woody's Taxis
A bus service, which provides a daily connection between Holy Island and the mainland will resume again on Monday 1st April. 
Discover Our Land
Northumberland County Council's new campaign - Discover our Land - will build a community of people to champion everything that is great about the county.
Historic Environment Monitor Training: 
Friday 1st March
Jessica Turner will be delivering training to volunteers to enable them to monitor, record and report the condition of historic environment sites. 

This is an exciting opportunity to get up close with the beautiful heritage sites across north Northumberland and learn interesting facts about your local area.

This training session is being held at the Seahouses HUB, Stone Close, NE68 7YL at 4pm. To book your place please email

Snowdrop Festival at Howick Hall: 
February - March
There is a large collection of snowdrops at Howick Hall mainly planted between the wars by Lady Grey, who was a great bulb enthusiast. Over time, a number of natural hybrids have evolved and multiplied, and every now and then boffins descend on us and give them cultivar names on what to a layman might appear to be tiny differences. They are planted in large drifts throughout the garden, often with winter aconites, and make a fine display telling us all that spring is not far away.
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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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