2019 marks the 70th Anniversary of the National Parks and Access to Countryside Act; the parliamentary act from which all 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and 10 National Parks in the UK were born.

Landscapes for Life week is an annual celebration of AONBs and the important work they each undertake, spearheaded by the National Association of AONBs. This year it falls on 21st-29th September, and each of the AONBs are making an especially loud noise to not only mark this monumental anniversary, but as we welcome the outcome of the Designated Landscapes Review.

Many AONBs will be holding events on the 21st of September and sharing heart-themed images across their social media channels at 2pm for our ‘National Moment’, so keep your eyes peeled!

Celebrating 70 years of AONBs

Event cancellation

We had planned to make a heartshape in the landscape with as many of you as possible on the 21st of September at Samphire Hoe.

Sadly we have made the decision to cancel the event, as we do not want to risk anyone being caught up in the traffic delays expected as a result of the climate change demonstration taking place at the port of Dover on the same day.

We know that many will be disappointed, as are we, however we hope that you will show your love for the Kent Downs landscape on social media instead.

Show your love for the Kent Downs AONB on social media:

  • Post photos of your favourite places in the Kent Downs, adding a caption about why they’re special to you.
  • Use our hashtag #kentdownsaonb so we can see your posts.
  • During Landscapes for Life Week 21 – 29 September, also use the hashtag #LoveL4L so that the team at the National Association of AONBs can see your photos, too!
  • Bonus points for anyone who makes a heartshape (using fingers as a frame, for example), or finds a naturally occurring heartshape in the Kent Downs (see this damselfly photo for reference)!

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