Two dedicated local professionals have been formally thanked for their contribution to the Bowland countryside.
Tarja Wilson and Dave Padley were each presented with a Landscapes for Life Award at Beacon Fell Country Park earlier this month.
The award is made by the National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in recognition of staff, volunteers or elected members who have given 20 years or more service to one of Britain’s 46 AONBs.
Both Tarja and Dave have worked tirelessly to conserve and enhance the landscape and wildlife of the Forest of Bowland AONB. Tarja, who left Lancashire County Council in March this year, began work as a ranger at Beacon Fell in 1990, becoming a Countryside Officer a few years later.
During her time in Bowland, Tarja was instrumental in helping to improve access for people with limited mobility through the provision of routes for Trampers (all-terrain electric scooters), and working with the Disabled Ramblers to bring their events into the AONB. She was also key to the establishment of the 47km North Lancs Bridleway which makes its way through the western side of the AONB.
Dave was appointed as Bowland Project Officer in the 1980s. In this role he was pivotal in paving the way for many future AONB projects and was involved in founding the Bowland Initiative in the late 1990s – a national pilot scheme which offered business and environmental support to the land-based sector.
The awards were presented by County Councillor Albert Atkinson, Chair of the Forest of Bowland Joint Advisory Committee, with Tarja and Dave both receiving a certificate and a copy of the Landscape Photographer of the Year book.