It was a golden celebration to remember when key supporters and staff from the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty met to celebrate its 50th birthday.
More than 70 people attended the event at the eco-friendly Forrest Hills venue at Ellel, near Lancaster
The gathering included steering group members and representatives of partner organisations along with AONB staff old and new.
Local author Jane Routh read extracts from her new book, “Falling into Place”, about her life on the northern edge of the Forest of Bowland over four decades. A range of events is planned for the anniversary year, including a children’s writing programme and a celebration of Bowland through photography.
Details of a new Forest of Bowland Awards scheme were announced, with categories farming for conservation; outstanding volunteer; vibrant community; biodiversity; sustainable tourism and traditional boundaries.
In addition, the Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition organisers will run a Bowland’s Best Kept Village category, open to Bowland villages in both Lancashire and Yorkshire.
For more details see the website www.forestofbowland.com/50years