Landscapes for Life Week
Events happen in AONBs throughout the year – but once a year in September the AONB Family celebrate the UK's outstanding landscapes. We call it Landscapes for Life Week, because we're committed to our iconic national landscapes forever. And those landscapes are so much more than a view – they are landscapes for living. They are a place for nature – which AONB partnerships are actively working to conserve and enhance. They are a place for industry – they are the living, breathing factory floor of our British food industry. They are a place of tranquillity, rootedness and wellbeing, treasured by generations of people seeking peace, exercise and leisure; truly our Natural Health Service.
The date for 2020 Landscapes for Life Week is 19th to 27th September.
2019 was the 70th anniversary of parliament passing the pioneering legislation that paved the way for the designation of the UK's 46 AONBs, and to commemorate this milestone, the National Association for AONBs commissioned a brand new poem by the poet laureate, Simon Armitage. He read the poem, Fugitives, for the first time at the Landscapes for Life Week National Moment celebration on Arnside Knott, overlooking Morecambe Bay in Arnside & Silverdale AONB. You can listen to Simon recite the poem in the video below.
Hearts were formed across the country in our most loved landscapes. For the first time ever, people in all Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) across the UK collectively formed hearts to show how much they love their own special landscapes.
The Lincolnshire Wolds held a mass picnic before creating an enormous heart in one our most iconic spots.
The heart shape was chosen as it represents not only the love for these areas but also that AONBs and National Parks were originally thought of as the ‘Natural Health Service'. The legislation that allowed the creation of these protected landscapes, the National Parks & Access to the Countryside Act was agreed in 1949, the same year as the National Health Service. The two acts were seen as complimentary; preventing illness through recreation and then curing them if did get ill.
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