Join us for an evening of presentation and celebration at the East Devon AONB Partnership Annual Meeting.

After a two-year break, our ‘in-person’ Annual Meeting is back, bringing together AONB Partnership members and Ambassadors, our valued local advocates, and East Devon businesses in support of our outstanding area of natural beauty.

SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPES

Our theme for this year’s meeting is
‘Sustainable Landscapes – Regeneration & Restoration’.

Throughout the evening we will explore how the East Devon AONB, our partner projects, and local landscape management initiatives, are facing up to the threats of changing climate conditions in East Devon and acting to tackle biodiversity decline.

We’re delighted to host the evening at Froginwell Vineyard, a venue itself committed to nature recovery. View the location on a map here.

Their vineyards and orchards are a haven for wildlife and before the event starts visitors are welcome to take a stroll through the grounds from 5.30pm onwards (until 6 pm when the event starts).

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We then invite all attendees to enjoy a complimentary buffet, before moving on to the core of the evening’s programme:

A Year in Review
Following an introduction from East Devon AONB Chair Alistair Handyside, AONB Manager Chris Woodruff will review the work of the AONB Partnership over the last year and the projects we have supported.

Canterbury Green
Froginwell Vineyard owner, Kate Jenkins, will speak about her family’s vision and plans for nature recovery and natural regeneration at Canterbury Green, a 65-acre area on the edge of the AONB.

Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change
Dr Sam Bridgewater, Head of Wildlife and Conservation at Clinton Devon Estates, will discuss the Lower Otter Restoration Project (LORP).

In partnership with Environment Agency and other partner organisations, this ground-breaking project is delivering a scheme to help the lower Otter Valley adapt to climate change and create an internationally important wildlife reserve.

Celebrating Community Projects
Finally, we will round off the evening with a celebration of exceptional local projects that are making a difference and contributing to sustainable communities, with the presentation of this year’s Acland Award – our annual commendation of innovative and meaningful activity that enhances, conserves and promotes the AONB.

Event Schedule*

17:30 Explore Froginwell Vineyard (optional, weather permitting)
18:00 Registration, refreshments & complimentary light buffet (catered for us by AONB-based TITLEY GREEN)
19:00 Welcome & A Year in Review from the AONB Partnership
19:35 Canterbury Green – Kate Jenkins
19:50 LORP: Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change – Sam Bridgewater
20:20 Acland Award Presentation – Celebrating sustainable community projects
20:50 Final summary & departure
21:00 End
*Approximate timings

BOOK NOW

We hope you are able to come along and enjoy an informal evening, celebrating our East Devon AONB, learning from our speakers and making connections with others.

Complete the form (right) to register your places.

Places are limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis. Please register to confirm your attendance ASAP and avoid disappointment.

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