Join us for a special evening of presentation and celebration as we commemorate our 60th Anniversary at the East Devon AONB Partnership Annual Meeting.

As always, we eagerly anticipate uniting AONB Partnership members and Ambassadors, our valued local advocates, communities and East Devon businesses in support of our outstanding area of natural beauty.


This year’s event will include our customary annual review of East Devon AONB and partnership projects, but with a special touch as we celebrate our 60th anniversary.

Marking this remarkable milestone, we’ll be sharing elements of our recent exhibition from local heritage groups, coupled with the public launch of our creative nature-connection initiative.

We will also be welcoming Professor Michael Winter OBE, as our keynote speaker to examine our cherished landscapes in the context of food and energy security and the biodiversity challenge.

The evening will unfold against the backdrop of Woodbury Park, a venue nestled in one of our most beloved local landscapes – the Pebblebed Heaths – and neighbour to the historic Woodbury Castle.


All attendees are invited 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.

60 Years of East Devon AONB
A glance back over the last six decades and the partnerships, dedicated individuals, and transformative projects that have been the driving force behind the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’s remarkable journey.

The Biodiversity Challenge
We are honored to introduce Professor Michael Winter OBE, Director of the Centre for Rural Policy Research at the University of Exeter, whose keynote speech will consider the complex interplay of cherished landscapes, food and energy security and the biodiversity challenge.

As Chair of the Devon Local Nature Partnership, his expertise uniquely bridges the national and local perspectives, providing a comprehensive understanding of the challenges at hand.

The Acland Award
Finally, we will round off the evening with a celebration of exceptional volunteer contributions, 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*

16:00 Pebblebed Heath Guided walk (optional, weather permitting)
18:00 Registration, refreshments & complimentary light buffet
19:15 Welcome & A Year in Review from the AONB Partnership
19:45 60 Years of Protected Landscape in East Devon
20:00 Cherished Landscapes – Food and energy security and the biodiversity challenge – Prof. Michael Winter OBE
20:40 Acland Award Presentation
20:55 Final summary & departure
21:00 End
  *Approximate timings


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.

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*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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