Earlier this year, Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), launched the ‘We Heart Cannock Chase AONB’ pack. This is a guide aimed at organisers that are planning to hold events within the AONB area.
The pack also introduced how groups and companies could achieve their ‘Proud to Protect Cannock Chase AONB’ certification.
This June Cannock Chase AONB was delighted to award the Hibbs Lupus Trust charity its Proud to Protect certificate, following its pledge to help protect the AONB when holding events in the area.
To achieve its certificate, the Trust agreed to five terms, including:
- Seeking advice from the Cannock Chase AONB team when planning an event.
- Promoting key AONB messages in some event literature.
- Respecting the AONB before, during and after an event.
- Leaving the area as it was found.
- Making all staff aware of the AONB and its key messages during events.
John Hibbs, Founder and Chairman of The Hibbs Lupus Trust, said: “It’s great to have been awarded this certificate which shows our dedication to take positive steps to look after the protected AONB environment.”
Cannock Chase was designated as an AONB in 1958 because of its beautiful landscape, wildlife and history. It has the largest surviving area of lowland heathland in the Midlands. This is an internationally scarce and threatened habitat. Cannock Chase also has extensive areas of forest and woodland, along with areas of designed parkland, sand and gravel quarrying and mixed agriculture.
There is now considerable economic and recreational pressure on this landscape and the Cannock Chase AONB team is working to make sure the right balance is struck to conserve and enhance the area, while maintaining it as a living, working environment.
Learn more about Cannock Chase AONB at www.cannock-chase.co.uk