including representatives from local authorities and the archaeological, conservation, landscape, church, government advisory, recreation and education sectors.
The Partnership Board brings together a wide range of skill and experience to deliver the Landscape Partnership Scheme. The Partnership Board exists to give strategic guidance to the Scheme as well as providing advice, expertise and support on delivering individual Projects.
The Partnership Board is made up of the following organisations:
It is recognised by board members that the board draws heavily on the public sector but representatives of landowners, the countryside landowners and business association (the CLA), local history, conservation and archaeological societies (eg, Suffolk Local History Society, Nayland with Wissington Conservation Society and Colchester Archaeological Group) have been involved in drawing the Scheme together. This has been done by a series of community conferences on the Scheme where there has been opportunities to put forward projects and ideas.
While not on the Partnership Board representatives from local schools, groups working with those with mental disability and the private sector have been approached to ascertain their level of interest in the projects and outcomes. The level of interest has been encouraging and groups such as Wormingford Primary School, The Bridge Project (a Sudbury based project run for the benefit of those with a mental disability) and consultant designers and authors have all committed to working with the Scheme.
The Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Project, the led partner in the Scheme, has a long and successful history of delivering community landscape, biodiversity, archaeological and access projects. Many of the contacts the AONB unit has made over nearly 30 years of operation, including landowners and community groups are aware of the Scheme through promotions by the AONB unit. This has been in the form of the AONB unit’s newspaper, (with a 15,000 print run), public presentations (at least 10 per year to approximately 300 people), Stories on the AONB website (60,000 + hits per year) and informal discussions while working on existing project work and are waiting to help deliver the Scheme.