Cotswolds AONB eNews - Summer 2015

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Cotswolds AONB eNews
Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Cotswolds AONB eNews, a quarterly newsletter designed to keep you up-to-date on all of the Cotswolds Conservation Board's latest activity, news and insights from across the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Summer 2015

Grant funding opportunities now open from Cotswolds Visitor Giving scheme

The Cotswolds Conservation Board is offering grants for projects and activities that conserve and enhance the special qualities of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and improves the public’s understanding and enjoyment of what makes the area special. Deadline for applications is 7 August 2015 with grants available from £500 up to a maximum £2,500.

A fund of £9000 has been generated by the Cotswolds Visitor Giving scheme. Visitor Giving is a method by which businesses collect funds from their customers for local environmental projects. It is associated with the tourism industry and is based on the premise that visitors may wish to contribute something towards the conservation of the wonderful place they have come to see and enjoy

Click here to find out more information and to apply for a Visitor Giving grant

More volunteers are needed for the Avon, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire areas of the Cotswolds.

If you like to join the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens, and help play your part in looking after the AONB, please
click here

Voluntary wardens clock up more than 45,000 hours to help conserve the Cotswolds

Over 300 Cotswold Voluntary Wardens have clocked up a total of 45,639 hours in their work to conserve, enhance and increase understanding and enjoyment of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

Much of the wardens’ time was spent on undertaking a variety of practical conservation and enhancement work, whilst organising and leading guided walks, attending events and working with school groups continued to remain an integral part of their work.

Voluntary Wardens’ conservation activities during 2014/15 included:

  • Over 31,000 sq m of woodland was coppiced and 109,000 sq m cleared at 25 woodlands sites1800 metres of fencing erected
  • 1028 hedge trees/shrubs planted
  • 65 stiles repaired, improved or installed
  • Over 800 metres of streams and ditches cleared
Cotswolds Photography Competition

What best sums up the beauty and uniqueness of the AONB? Amateur photographers of all ages are being asked to submit their images – of landscapes, buildings, traditions, people – in a brand new competition, with fantastic prizes up for grabs.

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the Cotswolds AONB and the photography competition, run by the Cotswolds Conservation Board with Cotswolds Tourism, is the first of many celebrations planned

Entries are invited for two categories, adult and under-16s. First prize for adults is a superb Canon EOS 700D 18-55 IS Kit worth £539 from Clifton Cameras, Dursley, while the under-16s winner will enjoy a full day’s photography tuition with Cotswolds-based photographer / filmmaker Nick Turner.

Runner-up in each category wins a training course worth £149 at Clifton Cameras on how to get the best out of your DSLR camera. All entrants can also claim a 50% discount on getting their images professionally printed at Clifton Cameras new photo print suite.
Closing date for entries is 30 November 2015. For full details on how to enter and terms and conditions click here

More information can be found at:
Closing date for entries is 31st August 2015

National Meadows Photography Competition

If one photography competition wasn’t enough, then why not also enter the National Meadows Photography Competition!

As a part of the Save Our Magnificent Meadows project organisers would like you to explore your local meadow and capture images of wildflowers, wildlife, and people in meadows and grasslands.

Categories are:          
  • People enjoying & exploring meadows
  • Wildlife and flora of meadows (this can be landscape or close up)
  • Age 14 and under

England's most iconic landscapes - a hidden economic powerhouse. 'So much more than the view...'

Far from being sleepy backwaters, England’s finest landscapes contribute more than £20bn each year to our economy – similar to that of Birmingham, according to a new report.

The publication ‘So much more than the view…’ from England’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and National Parks, highlights the wide range of benefits these iconic areas provide to society.

Covering a quarter of England, National Parks and AONBs are our most beautiful and cherished landscapes, with iconic archaeological and historical sites and valuable wildlife habitats. Yet they provide so much more to society than a beautiful view.

More than two thirds of people in England live within half an hour’s travel of a National Park or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Download ‘So much more than the view…'

To find out more about becoming a Visitor Information Volunteer please call 01451 862003

Become a Visitor Information Volunteer at ‘Escape to the Cotswolds Visitor Centre’

The team at the Cotswolds Conservation Board are looking for new volunteers to join the team the ‘Escape to the Cotswolds Visitor Centre’ in The Old Prison, Northleach.

Volunteering your time is a great way to learn new skills, meet people and make a difference...

There are so many different reasons to volunteer, and everyone has their own reasons. However, here are some of the main benefits:

  • Learn new skills         
  • Make new friends
  • Work alongside experts in their field
  • Good for your CV
  • Knowing you're making a unique contribution to the work of the Cotswolds Conservation Board

Get exploring by public transport

The new 2015 Explore the Cotswolds by Public Transport guide has been published. Covering the period June – December 2015, the handy guide provides an overview of bus and rail services across the Cotswolds, with detailed timetables available online.

Download the guide

The summer at The Old Prison & Cotswold Lion Cafe & Shop

The summer is such a good time to visit The Old Prison in Northleach. As well as tasting the delightful cakes, sandwiches and ice creams on offer from the Cotswold Lion Cafe or taking a look at the gifts on offer in the shop, The Old Prison has a wide range of events and activities planned for the whole family! 

From talks to theatre productions - to keep up to date with what’s on, why not follow The Old Prison on Twitter at or by liking the Old Prison on Facebook!


Upcoming Walks

A Shab(by) Hill and a Chic Manor
28 October 2016 - 10.00

Family Walk - North Leigh Common and Roman Villa
29 October 2016 - 10:00

National Coppice Day
30 October 2016 - 10.00

Stinchcombe, Stancombe and The Hill
31 October 2016 - 10:00

Tuesday Tramp
01 November 2016 - 10.00

Survival on the Scarp
03 November 2016 - 10.00

Upcoming Courses

Blacksmithing - Taster Day **COURSE FULL**
30th October 2016 - Northleach

Hedgelaying - Beginners (Somerset Style)
5th November 2016 - 6th November 2016 - Sopworth, Wiltshire

Introduction to Horse Logging
12th November 2016 - Coberley, Gloucestershire

Stone Carving - Beginners
12th November 2016 - 13th November 2016 - Northleach

Great shots on your iPhone or iPad
12th November 2016 - Cotswolds Discovery Centre, The Old Prison, Northleach

Introduction to Weaving - 10% OFF NOW £58
18th November 2016 - Northleach, Gloucestershire