Final line-up to find Bowland’s true champions

'Dunsop Bridge gateway' is in 'Journey through Bowland' exhibition at Settle.                                     Photo: Veronica Caperon
'Dunsop Bridge gateway' is in 'Journey through Bowland' exhibition at Settle. Photo: Veronica Caperon

People who have championed the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty will know soon who has won a 50-year anniversary title.

The AONB Partnership launched a series of special anniversary awards designed to highlight and recognise the vision and commitment of the individuals, communities and businesses who have contributed so much to the Forest of Bowland’s special qualities since its official designation in 1964.

The shortlist of nominees in each of the six categories has now been announced.

Biodiversity Award: Gavin Thomas, Jennifer Newton, Brennand & Whitendale focus group

Farming for Conservation Award: New Laithe Farm; Bell Sykes Farm; Cobble Hey Farm; Backsbottom Farm

Traditional Boundaries Award: Reuben Parsons, Geoff Whitley, Downham Estate

Sustainable Tourism Award: Stirk House Hotel, Cobble Hey Farm, Browsholme Hall

Vibrant Community Award: Slaidburn Village Archive, Clitheroe Youth Forum, St James’ Church Community Archaeology Project

Outstanding Contribution Award: Muriel Lord, Jean Fone, John Hickling, Philip Lord

A seventh category, Bowland’s Best Kept Village, has been organised by the Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition.

Winners will be announced at a special anniversary event at Clough Bottom, Bashall Eaves, on November 1st.

* ‘A Journey Through Bowland’, a collection of 50 images by professional and non-professional photographers, is on show at The Folly, Settle (www.ncbpt.org.uk/folly) until November 2nd.