Duchy sponsors Forest of Bowland AONB Awards

A former headteacher was presented with the Duchy of Lancaster-sponsored Outstanding Contribution Award at this year’s Forest of Bowland AONB Awards.

Since moving to the village of Bleasdale 25 years ago, Jean Fone has variously been a primary school headteacher, fundraiser, community leader, volunteer ranger, historian and archivist.

Judges at the awards said: “Jean has worked tirelessly to develop and deliver a whole suite of projects which have helped to cement the ties between the landscape, history and community of Bleasdale, making an extraordinary contribution to the areas and demonstrating inspiring community leadership in the true spirit of the AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).”

Nathan Thompson, chief executive of the Duchy of Lancaster, said: “We were honoured to sponsor the Outstanding Contribution Award and congratulate Jean on her achievements.

“The Duchy of Lancaster is custodian of 18,000 hectares of land across England and Wales, and we are in a unique position of being able to take a long-term approach and protect the lands and environment under our stewardship.

“We recognise the importance of working alongside our partners such as the Forest of Bowland to preserve the land and its natural assets for generations to come.”

The awards marked the culmination of a year of activities celebrating the 50th anniversary of the designation of the Forest of Bowland as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.