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The Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership are seeking new members!

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Date: Wednesday 10 March 2021

Are you committed to conserving and enhancing the Strangford and Lecale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)? Do you represent a local interest group or organisation? Or are you an individual passionate about protecting the AONB? If so, please read on!

The Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership is a stakeholder group comprising representatives working to conserve and protect our natural and built heritage in the Strangford and Lecale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Membership is open to any individual or organisation with an interest in the AONB’s biodiversity, heritage, recreation, or sustainable tourism. Our aim is to have representation of all groups and interests across the AONB communities.

The members of the AONB Partnership work collaboratively sharing knowledge, expertise and examples of best practice; exploring ways forward for a holistic approach to the management of designated landscapes and seascapes; identifying new funding opportunities; running shared campaigns relevant to issues impacting the AONB; helping inform and communicate with local government and central government, environmental NGOs, funders, politicians and the media; influencing policies in relation to designated landscapes and seascapes; developing and identifying opportunities for shared learning; contributing to the preparation of the AONB Management Action Plan by providing advice, guidance and support to staff; and supporting the involvement of the community in the management of the AONB

Mayor of Ards and North Down Borough Council, Trevor Cummings said “No-one can deny the extraordinary natural beauty of the Strangford and Lecale AONB! The distinctive landscape of the area, which hugs the shores of Strangford Lough, and stretches down the Lecale coast to Dundrum, is founded upon one of the world's finest examples of drumlin hill and island landscapes. To protect and conserve this wonderful heritage for future generations local communities and stakeholders must work together. The Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership has an important role in this, and I very much welcome the opportunity to work with them in their work to preserve our natural, built and cultural heritage.”

PJ Gault Chairperson of the SLLP “This is an exciting opportunity for local people and organisations to get involved in the management of their AONB, to play a part in protecting and conserving our heritage. If you feel as passionately about this as we do, then we need you to get involved. If you would like to join the Partnership, please get in touch!”

All new members will be offered, and would be expected to attend, an induction course covering the management and governance of the Strangford and Lecale AONB and code of conduct provided by The Partnership. All members will also be required to present an annual statement documenting their activities undertaken to contribute to the coordination and facilitation of the management of the Strangford and Lecale AONB, and any activities carried out to conserve and enhance the AONB.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity to play a part in the management of the Strangford and Lecale AONB, please forward a completed application form to: susan.mcclay@nmandd.org by 12pm 9th April 2021

Application forms available to download from the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership website

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