Why should businesses care about Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs)?
The UK’s AONBs and National Parks have been recognised as globally significant ‘Protected Landscapes’ by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
AONBs are unique and irreplaceable national assets and along with National Parks represent our finest countryside. There are 36 AONBs in England, covering 15% of the land area, and a further four in Wales.
An irreplaceable national asset
Every day, society benefits from a wealth of vital resources and processes that are supplied by ecosystems. AONBs are a rich source of these ecosystem services which include the production of food, water, fuel and building materials, climate regulation, pollination, nutrient dispersal and even the provision of cultural and recreational benefits.
The work carried out in AONB Partnerships to ensure that these natural services can be provided in the long term is increasingly being recognised as globally important.
The North Pennines AONB
At almost 2000 square kms, The North Pennines AONB is the second largest of the 46 AONBs (in England, Wales and Northern Ireland) and is one of the most remote and unspoilt places in England. It is also Britain’s first European Geopark and a founding member of the UNESCO-endorsed Global Geoparks Network.
The North Pennines AONB Partnership is an alliance of 21 public, statutory and voluntary sector bodies with an interest in the future of the North Pennines AONB. Through our statutory Management Planning process the Partnership delivers a landscape approach that recognises the importance of developing a sustainable, community-focussed process that integrates socio-economic and environmental objectives.
The North Pennines AONB Partnership is seeking corporate partners and strategic philanthropists who have a genuine commitment to supporting environmental and socio-economic projects which benefit the local, national and global community.
A relationship with mutual benefits
Working with the AONB Partnership is an opportunity to demonstrate to clients, customers, employees and stakeholders that you support an initiative that holds prestige and reflects your desired values. There are many different ways your business can get involved:
- Provide financial support for the whole or part of a project
- Share your knowledge, expertise or business network with us
- Come together with your business partners or clients to work on a shared development project
- Donate tools, equipment, materials, products, time
- Engage your staff in volunteering and educational projects
- Support our marketing and PR activities
- Engage our experts to speak at your business events
Strong, meaningful partnerships between businesses and conservation bodies, local authorities, public bodies, landowners and local people is the only way to ensure that natural beauty has a bright future. With your support, we can develop a collective responsibility to undertake vital conservation work on an ambitious scale.
The world does not owe conservation organisations a living, but good ideas, backed up by sound evidence and implemented through strong partnerships need to be supported with funds and the time to create benefits for people and nature.
We understand that you and your stakeholders will want to know how your investment will be used and what real impact your involvement will have.
We support a ‘smarter giving’ approach to funding and will work with your company to agree a specific corporate sponsorship plan detailing;
- Why we are undertaking the project/work
- The nature and extent of the investment agreed
- How the investment will be used
- The desired outcomes for your business
- A comprehensive public engagement plan
- Clear goals and objectives of the project
- How success will be measured
- Next phases of development or exit strategy
We can help you to achieve a wide range of outcomes from your investment.
For an informal discussion about partnership opportunities or more information about our specific projects contact Simon Wilson, Business Manager on 01388 528 801.