A new project will support local businesses and celebrate what is special about Greensand Country Image: Countryscape

New survey to identify people’s favourite places, attractions and experiences

Greensand Country stretches from Leighton Buzzard to Gamlingay. It contains Bedfordshire’s remaining heathland, more than half of its woodland, and more surviving historic parkland than any other landscape in the country. This is all crossed by networks of cycle tracks and footpaths making the area easy to expore.

The Greensand Trust, an independent environmental charity, is working with local communities and landowners to conserve and promote the landscape, wildlife and history of the Greensand Ridge and to improve access, understanding and enjoyment of this fascinating area.

A survey, run by Countryscape on behalf of the Trust, is part of the Trust’s Sense of Place project. The Sense of Place approach was pioneered in England in the early 2000s. It has been used across the country by protected areas and institutions such as National Trust.

Claire Poulton, programme manager at the Greensand Country Landscape Partnership said:

“The Greensand Country Landscape Partnership is working on more than 40 projects to encourage those who live, work and visit Greensand Country to get out and explore the beautiful countryside on their doorstep.

“The Sense of Place project will help local businesses promote what makes the area special.”

The survey will identify people’s favourite places, attractions and experiences in the area, such as:

  • Walking routes around the area
  • Hobbies or pastime enjoyed in the area
  • Favourite attractions, events, local shops, pubs or restaurants
  • Beloved views or special scenic spots

Sense of Place Toolkit

A Greensand Country Sense of Place Toolkit will provide local businesses and organisations with information, tools and resources to discover and share the special qualities of the local area.

The approach will help local organisations and businesses understand and promote what makes Greensand Country special.

Anne Walsh, communications and marketing officer at Greensand Country Landscape Partnership said:

“Greensand Country covers 40 miles of scenic landscape, which is defined by the Greensand Ridge.

“The survey will help us encourage the community to love and look after the local area by identifying popular and hidden walking routes, restaurants, pubs, shops, views and pastimes.”

Local residents can shape the Sense of Place Toolkit and win £100 cash by completing the short online survey. The closing date for the Prize Draw is 23:59 on 1 September 2019 but people will still be able to complete the survey after this date.

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