Step forward for a reward, you champions of Bowland

Herb-rich hay being cut as part of the Bowland Hay Time meadows project.
Herb-rich hay being cut as part of the Bowland Hay Time meadows project.
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Unsung champions of the Forest of Bowland are being urged: “Don’t be bashful – do some boasting about it!”

The Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which is celebrating 50 years as a protected area, is preparing to launch an award scheme to recognise and highlight the work of the voluntary groups, businesses and individuals who contribute to Bowland’s landscape, wildlife and communities.

Categories will include farming for conservation, vibrant community, biodiversity, sustainable tourism, traditional boundaries and outstanding contribution.

Any projects that have taken place at any time over the past 50 years can qualify for an award.

Applications can be self-nominated or nominated by a third party and can be submitted from Thursday, April 24th, by contacting the AONB office on 01200 448000.

Full details, plus criteria for each award category, will be available on the AONB website or by post on request.

The closing date for applications is Friday, August 29th. The AONB team will then draw up shortlists of applicants 
to be visited by a team member and a judge during September.

Awards will be presented at the 50th anniversary dinner at Clough Bottom, Bashall Eaves, on November 1st.

Delegates and guests at this event will include tourism businesses, farmers, landowners, and communities.

The event will give businesses and organisations the chance to show their support for the AONB, and sponsorship packages are available.

Proceeds will go to Champion Bowland, a social
 enterprise charity which helps small local projects benefiting visitors and the environment.

l Call Mike Pugh at on 01200 448000 for further details.