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North Pennines AONB elections of seats at annual forum

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Last year's AONB annual forum, by Shane Harris

Last year's AONB annual forum, by Shane Harris

If you want to get involved in the beauty of Northumberland and the North Pennines, the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural beauty is now giving a chance.

Two seats are now available for election to the organisation’s Annual Forum, set to take place at St John’s Chapel Town Hall in Weardale on Tuesday 26 June from 2pm – 4.30pm.

The requirement is that open seat members serve for two years with the AONB Partnership. The North Pennines AONB is made up of 25 public, statutory, voluntary and private sector bodies. All these organisations and bodies have an interest in the conservation and enhancement of the AONB.

Director of the AONB Partnership Chris Woodley-Stewart said: “For anyone with a love of the North Pennines and an interest in how the area is looked after, this is a great opportunity to get actively involved in the work of the AONB Partnership.”

People must either be a resident of the AONB or operate a business within the AONB in order to be eligible for one of the seats. You cannot be an elected member of a County or District Council as they have seats on the Partnership already). You can either be nominated by someone or nominate themselves

Completed nomination forms need to be received by the North Pennines AONB Partnership by Monday 18 June.

For nomination forms or further information on the ‘open seat’ elections, contact Chris Woodley-Stewart, Director of the North Pennines AONB Partnership on 01388 528801 or email

If you just have a more general interest in the North Pennines and want to get involved you are still invited to attend the annual forum so that you can find out more about the North Pennines AONB, how it works and what it does.

At the forum, Adrian Shepherd of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority will present on the proposed Northern Upland Chain Local Nature Partnership. Also, Alistair Lockett, the Partnership’s Conservation Land Management Trainee, will give a review his experiences in the North Pennines when he talks about his year as a trainee with the AONB Partnership’s Staff Unit team. Finally, Ian Forbes, Chair of the Friends of the North Pennines, will also provide an update on the group’s progress.

To book a place at the Annual Forum, contact the AONB Partnership on 01388 528801/ giving your name, the organisation you represent (if any), your email address or postal address. Please also say if you have any special access requirements.

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