Your views to shape the future of the Wolds

THE stunning countryside of the Lincolnshire Wolds has changed over the years, but how would you like it to change – or not – over the coming years?

The Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service wants to hear your views and opinions on the future of this precious landscape.

This is a partnership organisation funded by Defra, Lincolnshire County Council, East Lindsey District Council, West Lindsey District Council and North East Lincolnshire Council.

The Lincolnshire Wolds was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1973, recognising it as one of the country’s finest landscapes.

Since its designation as an AONB, there have been numerous changes and challenges to the landscape.

But how can we ensure that the Wolds retains its unique landscape and undeniably special character, whilst maintaining and supporting its communities?

AONB Management Plans are an important tool to help protect and enhance these important landscapes.

To help take the Lincolnshire Wolds forward, a draft Management Plan for 2012-2017 has been prepared by the Lincolnshire Wolds Joint Advisory Committee (the AONB partnership of 21 organisations) and the Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service.

Coun Lewis Strange, chairman of the Lincolnshire Wolds Joint Advisory Committee, said: “The Lincolnshire Wolds is a hidden jewel of the English countryside and the plan seeks to continue to build on our shared vision for the future with a continuing emphasis on balancing environmental, social and economic interests.

“Change is an intrinsic characteristic of the Wolds, but the type, scale and pace of change does need to be carefully managed.

“Will the plan build on the shared vision for the Lincolnshire Wolds? Will it help manage and shape change? Does the new plan act as the necessary catalyst for protecting and enhancing our unique asset – the Lincolnshire Wolds?

“All comments are important to ensure the final document is relevant and useful for everyone who lives, works or enjoys the area.”

The Draft Management Plan and a response form is available online at www.lincswolds.org.uk.

If you do not have access to the internet, please visit a library in one of the Wolds’ market towns or contact the Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service on 01507 609740.

All written comments received before November 30 will be considered before the final Management plan is produced in spring 2012.