Message from Stuart Parker – Lincolnshire Wolds AONB JAC Chairman

I sincerely hope that you, your family and friends have been keeping well during these unprecedented and very challenging times for us all.  Our thoughts remain with all who have lost a loved one during this pandemic and all of our crucial NHS staff and emergency workers who have been placed under huge pressures.  For those that were able to, the links to local green spaces, public access and our interaction with nature has been especially important in maintaining our health and wellbeing during the height of the pandemic.  We hope the situation improves for everyone over the coming weeks and months.      

Against this backdrop, I have pleasure in attaching the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB’s latest e-Annual Review for the period 2019-20 which highlights just some of the many activities undertaken to help protect and enhance this nationally important and protected landscape.  I take this opportunity to express my personal thanks to all of the hard work undertaken by the Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service (LWCS) staff on behalf of the Lincolnshire Wolds Joint Advisory Committee (JAC).  As you will see, it was a very busy twelve months for a small team, and the positive collaboration with our landowners, community group and wider public has been invaluable.  Partnership working remains pivotal to securing success on the ground, as demonstrated so evidently by the work of the Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Project.

We are all continuing to grapple with the new ways of working and it is a great credit to the LWCS and Chalk Streams Project staff, and our wider AONB Partners, that work has continued as best things can during this difficult period, through ongoing home working and e-meetings, and more recently limited lone site visits following the latest guidance from our hosting authority – Lincolnshire County Council.  Discussions are proceeding nationally on the implementation of the Glover Review (Protected Landscapes Review) and this can provide an important stimulus for both environmental and economic recovery – both of which are mutually compatible. As the lockdown eases we hope that our farmers, landowners and businesses will continue to have the local and national support to help aid the rural recovery, whilst safeguarding the risks to the wider public health.

We hope you enjoy reading this review and do please feel free to circulate to colleagues, friends and family.