Welcome to the June 2015 E-Bulletin


Foundations of Archaeology Project

The Cranborne Chase AONB is very excited to announce that we have been successful in our application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Foundations of Archaeology project.

Foundations of Archaeology

Our two year project will be bringing local people and archaeological expertise together.  We will seek, through field walking and archaeological survey, to explore the legacy of the founding fathers of British archaeology, to raise awareness of conservation issues for archaeological sites and to promote access and engagement in the heritage-rich landscape of the AONB.

We will focus on two aspects of heritage: firstly the Antiquarians and secondly, carefully selected ancient monuments.

It is well known that the Cranborne Chase and South Wiltshire are particularly rich in archaeology and that the pioneers of modern archaeology were attracted to it and worked here. William Cunnington, Sir Richard Colt-Hoare, Stephen and John Parker and General Augustus Pitt-Rivers were the first excavators to make detailed recordings of their finds and use stratigraphy to elucidate phases of construction.

In consultation with local archaeologists, and land owners, we have chosen three fascinating sites (Wor Barrow, Stockton Down and Winkelbury Hill) to act as Focus Areas for the project. They are spread across the area to give ready access to as many communities as possible. They all share strong historical links with the antiquarians named above and demonstrate different aspects of former civilisations across nearly 6,000 years.

We have recently appointed Wyvern Heritage to act as the Project Coordinators and we will be recruiting volunteers at the Chalk Valley History Festival towards the end of June.

Find out more on the Foundations of Archaeology page on the website.

New Chairman & Vice Chairman

The Drovers Inn

We are delighted to announce that we now have a new Chairman and Vice Chairman.

Michael Mounde has been appointed as Chairman, and Zam Baring as Vice Chairman.

Michael has been a member of the Cranborne Chase AONB Partnership for the last 10 years and its Vice Chairman for the last four.  Michael was elected to the Board of the National Association of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 2012 and holds the Advocacy and Policy portfolio.

Zam trained as a film editor and ran an independent television production company, KEO films, for 15 years until 2012. He sees working with the CCAONB team to conserve and enhance the character of the area - to ensure it retains a vibrant economy while not compromising its beauty and tranquility - as an urgent, fascinating and inspiring challenge.

Find out more on the 'Meet the Team' page on the website.

Farmland Conservation Project

Farmland Conservation Project

The application to Wessex Water for another five years of funding for the Farmland Birds project has been successful. They have awarded us £15,000 per annum for five years. All credit to Tracy Adams, as her excellent results over the last six years and her great collaboration with the folk at Wessex Water have made her a greatly valued and respected partner for them.

The Farmland Bird Project will now widen its remit to become the Farmland Conservation Project, involving Tracy in delivering lots of environmental improvements on farms in addition to the Farmland Birds Package.

Read more on the Farmland Conservation Project page on the website.

So much more than the view

The Drovers Inn

Jointly produced by National Parks England and the National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), this new publication highlights the value of England's protected landscapes to the economy.  The report says that England’s National Parks and AONBs contribute more than £20bn each year to the economy.

The publication says that "AONBs and National Parks welcome more than 260 million visitors who spend in excess of £6bn and support thousands of jobs and more than 85,000 businesses". The report also highlights the wide range of other benefits these iconic areas provide to society.

More than two thirds of people in England live within half an hour’s travel of a National Park or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

See the publication 'So much more than the View'.

Your Questions Answered

Each e-bulletin we'll be answering your questions about the AONB - please email them in to us at info@cranbornechase.org.uk and we'll do our best to answer them here!

Q.  How can I get funding for my community project?
A.  The AONB can help with funding for community projects through the Sustainable Development Fund (SDF).

Grants are available from the Sustainable Development Fund for projects that help to look after the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The fund supports projects that bring social, environmental and economic benefits to the AONB. It aims to develop and test new methods of achieving a more sustainable way of life.

Each year, the available SDF budget will be divided into one main project award, one lesser award and a number of small awards. The exact amounts of the awards will differ from year to year dependent on budget.

To find out more, and download an application form, see the Sustainable Development Fund page on the website.

Funding & Grants

LEADER (2014 – 2020)

LEADER is a community-led European funding programme that supports rural community development.

The planning, decision making and implementation is done at a local level, carried out by Local Action Groups (LAGs). The LAGs are made up of private, public and community sector volunteers with a wide range of experience and knowledge of local rural issues. LAGs decide which projects they will fund in their area. There are some 80 LAG groups within England covering approximately 85% of rural population.

LAGs will have the ability to support innovative projects that best address the local priorities via 6 priority objectives namely:

  • support for increasing farm productivity;
  • micro and small enterprises and farm diversification;
  • rural tourism;
  • rural services;
  • cultural and heritage activity;
  • increasing forestry productivity.

The first call for project applications that create jobs, help businesses to grow and benefit the rural economy in the priority areas above is expected in June 2015. Anyone who has a project idea and would like to find out if it would be eligible for funding or who would like to be involved with their local LAG should get in touch with the relevant Programme Manager – see the Grants & Funding page on the website for further details..

Stay Informed!

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Tollard Royal Scarecrow Festival - details
Saturday 20th June until Saturday 4th July

Open Gardens - Berwick St James - details
20 June to 21 June

Wilton Market - details
Thursday 25th June

OPEN GARDEN - The Old Vicarage, Maiden Bradley - details
Sunday, 21 June  (2 – 5pm)

Chalke Valley History Festival - details
22 - 28 June

Fundraising Concert - SAVE THE DROVERS - details
Friday 26TH June
Come along to a fundraising gig in the Village Hall where 60s/70s music band "REPEAT OFFENDERS" will be playing.

Gold Hill Fair, Shaftesbury - details
Sunday 5th July

CRUK's Race for Life, Salisbury - details
Sunday 12th July

If you would like to see your event listed here, please contact us.

And Finally...


Bird of the Month

Is.....The Robin!

Recently voted as Britain's favourite bird, the Robin is as close as it gets to being the official National Bird.  There were 10 birds on the short list which include the Blackbird, Blue Tit and Wren, all of which featured in the top 20 birds found on Britain’s farms, according the 2014 Big Farmland Bird Count.

The robin has a distinctive and beautiful sounding call.  It will sing to proclaim territory and attract a mate and usually sings all year round, although it is quieter in late summer when it moults.

Robins are fiercely territorial over food supply.  Not more than one robin will occupy a small garden, unless it is his mate.  When their food source becomes scarce in winter they will eat just about anything put out for them on a bird table, especially fatty foods such as bacon rind and cheese.

Business of the Month

Five Rivers Environmental Contracting at Lower Woodford near Salisbury.

Five Rivers Environmental Contracting

The restoration of rivers and wetlands is a key part of the vision for the AONB.

Wetlands are very important habitats within any catchment: they support a wide variety of unique flora and fauna and are considered the most biologically diverse of all ecosystems. Wetlands also provide water purification, flood control, and shoreline reed beds.

Five Rivers Environmental Contracting undertake all types of restoration on all river systems, from small tributaries to estuarine habitats.  To find out more about their work in our area, see their River Avon Case Study.


Thanks for reading, and don't forget the:

The Cranborne Chase Woodfair



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