On Wednesday 16th February 2011 the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership launched AONB wide Historic Environment Action Plans (HEAP) at a celebratory event at the historic surroundings of the Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne, Dorset.
This event which was attended by 95 people representing a full cross section of local people, local and national organisations introduced the special archaeological and historic characteristics of this amazingly diverse landscape. It introduced how the new Historic Environment Action Plans will help look after these key features for future generations.
At the heart of the Historic Environment Action Plans are 20 actions which over the next five years will help conserve and enhance the archaeology and history of the area. These range from increasing local understanding of prehistoric sites to looking after historic water mills.
These plans will be implemented by a dedicated group which anyone is welcome to join by contacting the
AONB Office on 01725 517417.
One of the outputs from the project is a web portal with a wealth of information on the history and archaeology of the area which was recently featured in the national publication British Archaeology see www.historiclandscape.co.uk and which will be of immense interest to local people.
Andrew Vines, Regional Director of English Heritage, helped the AONB launch the action plans, and the Chairs of Hampshire County Council, South Somerset District Council, the chair of the AONB partnership and the Mayor of Blandford Forum were also in attendance
The AONB Partnership is an alliance of 19 organisations, hosted by Wiltshire Council, that work closely together to ‘conserve and enhance’ this nationally designated area.