Landscapes for Life Week is the AONB Family’s week (and a bit) long programme of events to help people reconnect with nature by enjoying and being inspired by the UK’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). This year it takes place from Saturday 21 – Sunday 29 September 2019.
This year Landscapes for Life week also include a National Moment of celebration. At 3pm on the 21 September, Devon AONBs will be joining other AONBs across the country in celebrating the 70th anniversary of the 1949 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act which paved the way for the legislation to create the UK’s 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The 1949 Act was part of the post-World War Two democratic settlement efforts which saw the government rebuilding a sense of national identity and thanking citizens for their sacrifices during the war. The Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks that were designated as a result of the act were envisioned as partner organisations to the NHS which was created in 1948. Giving people access to the countryside for exercise, enjoyment and mental health benefits was considered a preventative measure; while the NHS was designed to help people if they became sick.
Devon has five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty either wholly or partly within the County. Why not explore them during Landscapes for Life Week:
Photo credit: Barry Gamble