Bat project and men’s shed among AONB contenders for Acland Award

Eight projects will on Tuesday (August 13) be considered for the 2019 shortlist for the Acland Award, which recognises initiatives that champion sustainability in the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The East Devon AONB Partnership says ‘nominations have come from all across’ district.
Announcing the candidates, a spokesperson said: “Whether they are focusing on the needs and wellbeing of people, wildlife, or helping the community to thrive by supporting the local economy (or all of these), it’s clear that the projects are working hard to protect and care for what is special about our communities.”

Shortlisted nominations are: Beer Men’s Shed, Wild Woodbury, East Budleigh Village Green, Beer Women’s Institute, Colyton and Colyford Memory CaféAxewoods Cooperative, Sidmouth Plastic Warriors, and Bat Friendly Beer.

The Acland Award takes its name from Brigadier Acland, who played a pivotal role in the designation of East Devon AONB in the early 1960s.

The award, which depicts a bronze buzzard, was designed by local artist Emma MacFadyen.

Acland Award

The Acland Award

The AONB marked its 50th anniversary in 2013 and the award has been presented annually ever since.

Its purpose is to recognise ‘examples of excellence and exemplar activity taking place in and around the AONB’.

The partnership says the award seeks to focus on a new area of activity to highlight the range and diversity of projects taking place.

Previous winners have included Deer Park Hotel, near Honiton, Lower Bruckland Nature Reserve and Woodbury Community Orchard.

Last year’s winner was Axe Vale and District Conservation Society.

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