Welcome to the February 2015 E-Bulletin

Date for your diary - the Cranborne Chase Woodfair

Cranborne Chase Woodfair 2015

We are delighted to announce the 2015 Cranborne Chase Woodfair will be held at Breamore House on the weekend of the 3rd & 4th October. This event is held bi-annually.

A variety of exhibitors and demonstrators from the wonderful world of wood will be displaying their products and skills at the Woodfair.  The Cranborne Chase Woodfair will also be a celebration of some of the regions most famous and traditional industries, such as cider and willow together with lots of other locally sourced and produced food and drink. Artisans and crafts folk who work with wood are especially welcomed.

Keep an eye on www.woodfair.org for updates.

FREE event at Broad Chalke - Making the most of your business online

Website and Social Media SeminarWednesday 25th February 2015, 6pm to 9pm
Chalke Valley Sports Centre, Broad Chalke SP5 5HX

The AONB is delighted to be hosting this free event to support local tourism and leisure businesses in the Chalke and Nadder Valleys.

The session will include:

  • Making the most of your website
  • Exploring best practice in website design
  • Getting your website noticed
  • Climbing the search engine rankings
  • Using social media

There will also be opportunities to network with colleagues and to exchange business ideas and experiences.

An additional bonus will be the opportunity to pick up FREE 'Discover Nadder' and 'Discover Chalke' packs containing a range of walking and cycling routes in the Nadder Valley and Chalke Valley areas.  For further details, and to book your place, contact Rachel Limb who is helping the AONB with this event on 07976 222260 or email rachel@whitesheepprojects.co.uk.

Planning Matters - Advice for agricultural buildings

Advice for agricultural buildingsWe've recently had quite a few applications come to us for agricultural buildings - in the AONB these buildings should be appropriately located, and suitably scaled for their purpose, and the advice we provide to Planning Authorities includes the following:

  • Buildings should be located as part of the farmstead and be sympathetic in form and design
  • Avoid bright white and shiny materials and coverages, especially for larger structures. Paint flues, heating chimneys and galvanised shutter doors with appropriate colours (see below)
  • Ensure there are no untreated concrete walls above 1m in height
  • Above 1m, clad in timber or appropriately coloured sheeting panels, same coloured panels for roofs
  • Solar panels are encouraged - often much more cost effective on new builds
  • If skylights are proposed in roofs they should be fitted with louvers or blinds so that internal artificial lights do not cause night-time light pollution

For further information, please see our PDF Factsheet 6 - Colour Integration.

There are many other factsheets available to download on our website to help with planning applications - see our Publications page for details.

 Historic Environment Conference

On behalf of the East Devon AONB, we are plugging their historic environment conference on Saturday 18th April 2015 at the Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth.

There is an excellent line up of speakers, including two national authorities on historic buildings and landscape: Sam Turner and Jeremy Lake.  There will also be a presentation by Emma Rouse of Wyvern Heritage covering the East Devon AONB Historic Environment Action Plan. 

At only £14 per person, including lunch, we hope that you will make your booking to this excellent event ASAP!

Download Flier and details

Historic Landscape CharacterisationDon't forget to explore our very own Historic Landscape website - providing an introduction to the history and archaeology of the fascinating landscape of the AONB.

It also provides an introduction to historic landscape characterisation and explores how the AONB is conserving and enhancing this special heritage through Historic Environment Action Plans.

Check out the three main sections - 'Exploring', 'Characterising' and 'Conserving' and immerse yourself in the history of the AONB!

Bird of the Month - Corn Bunting

Courtesy of Tracy Adams, Farmland Bird Advisor, Cranborne Chase AONB

Corn Bunting Copyright Wessex WildlifeThe Corn bunting is described as “one of the larger and certainly the most nondescript of the European buntings”.  Its unexciting looks hide a racy side to the Corn bunting; the males are polygamous, often having several mates and nests on the go simultaneously.

It is one of the earliest farmland birds to start singing and if you are out on top of the West Wiltshire Downs this month you may hear its jangling song, sometimes likened to a rattling bunch of keys, being sung from a fence post. When disturbed they will fly off from their post with their legs dangling – another telltale corn bunting trait.

Corn bunting are birds of open country favouring large fields where they nest on the ground, most often in cereal crops or sometimes pasture but always away from trees and tall hedgerows.

With support from the South Wiltshire Farmland Bird Project, many farmers across the AONB are providing safe nesting areas for the birds by growing large blocks of unharvested cereals. Flowering plants like knapweed, red clover and lucerne increases insect numbers ensuring sufficient summer food for the chicks.

So pull on your coat and gloves and head up to the West Wiltshire Downs or the Ox Drove above the Chalke Valley and see if you can spot this charismatic little bird.

Follow Tracy's blog at: http://farmlandbirdseyeview.blogspot.co.uk/

Rooms to hire

We are often looking for rooms to hire for meetings and would like to support all businesses in the AONB - if you know of a suitable venue for meetings for numbers from 8 people (AONB Team Meetings) up to 100 (Annual Forum), then please get in touch with us.

And Finally..

Lancers HouseCongratulations to Lancers House guesthouse in Sutton Mandeville in winning the Best Breakfast Awards - winner of best breakfast with their 'Eggs Mandeville' and runner up with their best cold breakfast 'Yogurt Pot'.

For information regarding future breakfast events which may include free breakfasts during breakfast week or charity fund raising events, please see their Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/lancershouse.
Raising the standard for breakfasts in the Cranborne Chase AONB!!!



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