Landscape planning award for Cotswolds Conservation Board

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The Cotswolds Conservation Board has received national recognition for its strategic landscape planning by receiving an award at the 2010 Landscape Institute Awards ceremony which took place in London last week.

The Board received the ‘Highly Commended’ award in the Strategic Landscape Planning category, and was presented to them by the poet, journalist and broadcaster Ian McMillan. The award was in recognition of the Board’s approach to the strategic management of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty including the development of its landscape character assessment, local distinctiveness and landscape strategy and guidelines.

Commenting on the Board’s entry, the Award Judges said it showed “comprehensive and thorough use of existing methodology, good integration of contemporary issues associated with climate change and the economic value of landscape.”

Director at the Cotswolds Conservation Board, Martin Lane, commented on their success: “We are delighted to have received this prestigious award which recognises our work with key decision-makers and local authorities in the management of this large and internationally important landscape.”

The Landscape Institute Awards are presented to encourage and recognise outstanding examples of work by the landscape profession.


PHOTOGRAPH ATTACHED: The Cotswolds Conservation Board’s Mark Connelly (4th from left), Malcolm Watt (3rd from right) and Martin Lane (far right) receive their award from the Landscape Institute and Ian McMillan (4th from right).

Notes to editors:

  • For further information on the Landscape Institute Awards:
  • The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation with 37 members, 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by Government.
  • The Government has designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks as our finest countryside and they are recognised as being of national importance.
  • With its rolling hills and valleys the Cotswolds is the second largest protected landscape in England after the Lake District National Park. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.
  • The Cotswolds AONB is the largest of the family of 46 AONBs in the UK. For further details:

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