East Devon AONB was sponsored by Devon County Council to take part in an inter-regional collaboration project called Cordiale. Cordiale is a cross border project between SW England and NW France working on sustainable landscape management.
CORDIALE was selected under the European Cross-border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IV A France (Channel) - England, co-funded by the ERDF.
Its vision is to ‘adopt a common standard for informing and assisting the management of protected landscapes in furtherance of the European Landscape Convention and in the context of climate change.’
The key objectives of the project were:
- To build deeper understanding of the distinctive character of landscapes in the cross-border region
- To inspire stakeholders and communities to engage with landscapes in the cross-border region
- To promote the multiple benefits provided by landscapes in the cross-border region
- To support integrated decision-making
The Partnership was made up of experts from Normandy, Brittany, Devon and Cornwall. Protected landscape practitioners (SWPLF, PNR Armorique, PNR Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin, North Devon AONB and Tamar Valley AONB) as well as experts on traditional building (Plymouth University) and sustainable agriculture (CIVAM du Finistère, Chambre d’agriculture du Finistère) all brought their expertise to this exciting project. The lead partner is Devon County Council. East Devon AONB was sponsored by Devon County Council to engage in this project.
These 9 partners along the Channel worked on 3 studies:
- Sustainable Farming
- Traditional building
The project was accepted in October 2010 and ran for 3 years. Cordiale was selected under the European Cross-border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IV A France (Channel) – England, co-funded by the ERDF.
Strategic Nature Area mapping
East Devon participated in the Mapping Study of Cordiale through a project which aimed to review and update the Strategic Nature Areas for the AONB. The aim of the project was:
To refine identified Strategic Nature Areas (SNA) for East Devon AONB and adjacent areas that fall within the Blackdowns National Character Area, to create a more robust and ground tested series of GIS based maps that will enable the targeted development of landscape scale habitat and landscape improvements.
The data was to confirm existing and unrecorded habitat networks within the wider landscape matrix and identify protection, restoration and creation opportunities. It was hoped that it would enable more detailed consultation with communities and landowners by the AONB Team in delivery of the AONB Management Plan priorities.
To see further details on the SNA project please click on the appropriate language versions below
Umborne Community Grassland Project
In a parallel project running alongside the above SNA mapping work, we have been developing an approach that is seeking to work cooperatively with landowners within a discreet valley in the AONB.
Building up a more detailed understanding of the grassland habitat beyond the SNA review work, we carried out surveys of the grassland within the valley and then seeked to encourage a cooperative approach to the management of the grasslands with a number of farmers/landowners.
The project hoped to overcome the threshold barrier to gaining Environmental Stewardship support by joining up small landholdings. In doing so we planned to enable small pockets of high quality grassland to be managed through long term managemement agreements.
To see further details on the Umborne Community Grassland project please click on the appropriate language versions below