Organisations, community groups and individuals are being asked for their views on the consultation draft of a five-year plan to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the North Pennines.

Every five years the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership produces a management plan, on behalf of the area’s five local authorities, which sets out a framework for looking after the North Pennines AONB. The AONB Partnership has launched an online consultation on the latest plan.

The plan focuses on landscape, biodiversity, geology and cultural heritage which combine to create a sense of place in this unique area of England. It also addresses issues around how people can better explore, enjoy and understand the landscape and in doing so support an economy rooted in our nature and culture.

Jan Simmonds, chairwoman of the AONB Partnership said: “This is a plan for the area, not a work plan for the AONB team, and many organisations, individuals and communities can have a role in helping to deliver it. This is an important time for conservation, especially because the future of agri-environment funding in particular is still uncertain.” Support for High Nature Value farming, and the farmers behind it, is an important aspect of the plan, which sets out how farmers, land managers, conservation bodies and communities might look after and celebrate our outstanding natural and cultural heritage together.”

The online survey is available at until January 31, 2019.