I was delighted this week to get one of the first copies of the Norfolk Coast Guardian publication especially in its silver anniversary year. This year is also a memorable year for the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty too, in that its 50 years since it was recognised as one of the UK’s most treasured places.
The cover artwork ‘Outstanding’ was gifted to the Norfolk Coast Partnership by nationally renowned wildlife artist and Norfolk resident Richard Gillmor.
A book has also been produced by the Norfolk Coast Partnership in collaboration with local photographers and poets to mark the 50th anniversary of the AONB, with profits going to support projects along the coast.
Did you know that the Norfolk Coast is home to 2 Dark Sky Discovery sites, these are areas designated as being unaffected by light pollution allowing people to view the night sky. And it also has a Marine Conservation Zone off the coast and miles of National Trail Path running through the area.
The theme running through this years Guardian is 50 things to celebrate, from things to do, nature to see and lots of walks to take in.
If you are reading the Guardian then why not support one of its many contributors of articles or advertising by eating at their establishment or visiting their attraction etc. It may be a nice touch to also mention where you saw their details.
The Norfolk Coast area of outstanding natural beauty is managed by the Norfolk Coast Partnership. I spoke with its manager Estelle Hook whose team work with partners and organisations around the coast to manage it in a sustainable way. Estelle said “To be involved with the AONB at such a milestone in its history is a real pleasure and I am excited about the year ahead, starting on 8th April the exact date 50 years ago the AONB was formed”.
The Guardians’ 60,000 copies are being distributed now via shops and organisations around the coast.
If you visit anywhere in the outdoors this summer just consider that many are AONB or National Parks and are managed for your enjoyment and future generations. So please take your litter home, keep to paths and keep your dog under control especially around livestock many who have young at this time of the year.