Celebrations to commemorate 25 years of the Blackdown Hills official designation as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) are gearing up with the design of a new logo to head up all its publicity material and activities that will take place throughout 2016.
The area gained its status as a nationally protected landscape in 1991 and has since been managed by a partnership of public bodies, local organisations and voluntary groups that work together to care and promote the special character of the Hills.
Catherine Beedell, 25th Anniversary Events Coordinator at Blackdown Hills AONB, said: “This is an important year for the AONB, and a fresh interpretation of our logo will be a great way to engage with the community as well as people visiting the area. As part of our 2016 celebrations we will be producing a bumper programme of countryside events ranging from family wildlife discovery days to a community heritage forum. We look forward to welcoming many new faces.”
The Oxygen Agency in Devon has worked consistently with the AONB Partnership over the last three years on a series of projects.
Steve Lodge, Managing Director, who also lives in the AONB, said: “The Blackdown Hills is often described as a ‘hidden gem’, and with each project we discover something new about the area from its heritage to its wildlife that are unique to the Hills.
“The Partnership is doing a sterling job ensuring that the area is preserved and we are pleased to support them in achieving this important milestone.”
An Act of Parliament in 1949 enabled the creation of AONBs and National Parks. There are now 38 AONBs in England and Wales including the Blackdown Hills.
To find out more about the wide range of events and activities that will take place in the AONB throughout 2016 to will mark the anniversary visit: http://www.blackdownhillsaonb.org.uk/calendar.htm.