Rother councillor and former Bexhill Mayor Brian Kentfield has been appointed Vice Chairman of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Partnership is a body that promotes the nationally important landscape of the High Weald and enables its conservation and enjoyment.
Jill Davison, an analytical chemist by profession, will Chair the Partnership for the next two years.
Councillor Kentfield, who has served the Partnership for over 15 years, lives in Bexhill on the edge of the AONB, has been elected as Vice-Chairman.
Councillor Kentfield said: “The AONB’s landscape is highly valued as a beautiful place to visit and it is very important that we sustain that beauty for future generations to enjoy.
“I very much look forward to continuing to work for the future of the High Weald.”
The High Weald is one of 50 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty which are home to some of the most spectacular and valued landscapes in Britain.
It was created by the Government in 1983 to conserve and enhance its natural beauty. It covers parts of four counties – East Sussex, West Sussex, Kent and Surrey, in the rural heart of South East England and is Britain’s fourth largest AONB.
The area comprises a medieval landscape of rolling hills, small irregular fields, abundant woods and hedges, scattered farmsteads and sunken lanes.
The High Weald AONB Partnership has 20 Members - an influential group of people who play a role in championing the special qualities of the AONB and lobbying for policy and resources that conserve and enhance its landscape and further public understanding and enjoyment of it. The Partnership is responsible for producing the High Weald AONB Management Plan which sets out local authority policy for the area.
Chairman Jill Davison said: “I am looking forward to raising the profile of the area’s needs both nationally and locally.
As chairman, Jill is keen to highlight the value of engaging children with their local landscape and the need to provide opportunities for young people to enter into farming.
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