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Solway Coast AONB 50th Anniversary

The Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) was designated in December 1964 in recognition of the quality of its landscape and its significant historic and scientific interest. It stretches from Rockcliffe in the North to Maryport in the South, covering about 115 square kilometres of the Solway Plain. The primary purpose of this designation is to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the area.

It contains many locally, nationally and internationally important features some centring on landscape and others on important wildlife and heritage. Many features are protected by designations and collectively they indicate the high value of the area and underpin the need to protect and enhance it for future generations.

The Solway Coast in its present form, has been part of the landscape for 10,000 years since the retreat of the last great ice sheet. Since then, man has settled in the area and has created a mosaic of habitats some of which are relatively unspoilt and others have been modified. The Romans, Vikings, Reivers and eventually ourselves have shaped the Solway Coast into what it is today. There is a wide range of habitats, all of which are fragile, and need our help to conserve and enhance. They include the sand dune coast, the salt marsh coast, the unique lowland raised mires and the agricultural land.

The character of the Solway Coast is linked to its coastal setting and remains relatively unchanged and undisturbed which gives it a strong sense of remoteness and tranquillity.

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary of designation in 2014, look out for events and activities throughout the year and join in with conserving this unique and special area. For details contact; info@solwaycoastaonb.org.uk or phone 016973 33055.

2014 Hedgelaying Competition

The 11th North Cumberland Style Hedgelaying Competition is taking place on Saturday 15th February 2014 at Southerfield House, Southerfield near Abbeytown, starting at 9.00am with prize-giving at 3.30pm (catering on site). There will also be free training so please book early to secure a place.

Contact the Solway Coast AONB on 016973 33055 for an entry form or further information on the location.

All Welcome

In partnership with the Solway Wetlands Landscape Partnership Scheme

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