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Lincolnshire landscapes

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Lincolnshire Wolds AONB

The Lincolnshire Wolds is a living, working landscape, with woodland, grassland and abandoned chalk pits providing important habitats for rare flowers and wildlife. It was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1973, identifying the Wolds as some of Britain's finest countryside, part of the AONB family and a true landscape for life.

Background

The Lincolnshire Wolds AONB is a nationally important and cherished landscape. The area lies in the north-eastern quarter of the county of Lincolnshire, mid-way between Lincoln and the coast, surrounded by the relatively flat fens, coastal marsh and the Lincoln Clay Vale. The AONB comprises an area of nearly 56,000ha, while the wider Lincolnshire Wolds Natural Character Area (NCA) incorporates the two neighbouring areas of the 'Spilsby Crescent' to the south and the remaining chalk uplands to the north.

The Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service (LWCS) is a jointly funded partnership between Defra, Natural England, East Lindsey District Council, West Lindsey District Council, North East Lincolnshire Council and Lincolnshire County Council and works in partnership with the Joint Advisory Committee and other groups and individuals to:

  • Protect and enhance the natural beauty of the AONB.
  • Encourage community interest and involvement of the AONB.
  • Promote sustainable development and appropriate enjoyment of the AONB.
  • Raise public awareness and support for the AONB.
  • Coordinate delivery and promotion of the AONB Management Plan (2013-18).

Actions

During 2012-13, LWCS carried out 111 site visits to farmers, landowners and community groups to give advice and support on landscape and conservation improvements, local business ventures and information provision. The LWCS also take the lead on the God's Acre Project in the AONB, help fund the Life on the Verge Project, co-lead the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival and are involved with the delivery of agri-environment and woodland schemes and the Campaign for the Farmed Environment.

Any landowner or community within the AONB can contact LWCS for assistance, guidance and help in funding opportunities for projects that can improve their environment.  They currently run two funding schemes; the Small Grant Scheme (SGS) for applications up to £1,000 and the Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) for applications between £1,000 and £15,000.

Some projects funded during 2012-13 include:

  • Lincolnshire Firewood Fair – contribution towards the cost of running this popular event, highlighting the local wood fuel economy and a host of other woodland and biodiversity stands.
  • New hedges – five schemes totalling over 1.8km of new and restored important habitat corridors.
  • St Andrew’s, Utterby – help towards enhancements in the churchyard complementing the heritage work undertaken.
  • Conservation pond improvements, Irby upon Humber – a locally constructed replacement footbridge providing access to the seating and wildlife viewing area.