Five-year management plan to conserve the Lincolnshire Wolds
THE Lincolnshire Wolds are not just picturesque – the 216 square miles of hills and valleys running from south of the Humber to Spilsby are also where people live and work.
A new five-year management plan for the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has just been rubber-stamped, which will see work continue to conserve the jewel in Lincolnshire's crown.
County councillor Lewis Strange, chairman of the Wolds joint advisory committee, said one idea is to get more young people, from toddlers to teenagers, involved.
"There are 100,000 young people in Lincolnshire and the idea is to get as many of them as possible out into the Wolds for healthy walks," he said,
"Once they have been and realised you can walk for miles in beautiful surroundings, they will want to come again.
"Retired teachers whose subject was geography will be asked to volunteer to visit schools in winter to tell pupils about the flora and fauna of the Wolds and then in the spring, summer and autumn everyone can get out into the area.
"Most schools run trips to the dales and moors but there is a wonderful educational resource right on our doorsteps."
The AONB is managed by the Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service on behalf of Lincolnshire County Council and district councils.
A plan must be in place to qualify for Defra grants.
One forthcoming scheme is the £100,000 Down Your Wold project which will see the countryside service map out the area from one end to the other, detailing trees, roads, bio-diversity, history, accommodation and places of interest for the public.