Funding, trigs and spring cleaning

Cannock Chase News March 2023

Walking in Cannock Chase

Funding Available

Sustainable Development Fund


This fund is now open until 16th May 2023 for applications for projects. The project just needs to make a difference to landscape, wildlife, heritage and/or communities. Community groups, schools, organisations and individuals are all eligible to apply and projects are to be completed by 31st March 2024. You do not have to live or work in the AONB as long as your project will have a positive impact on the area.

Previous projects include installation of bird and bat boxes, wildlife gardens and bird surveys, heritage and art projects. All you need to do is let us know your project idea and we will get an application form to you. Email us here.

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Farming in Protected Landscapes

Farming in Protected Landscapes

This is another funding stream available through the AONB for farmers and landowners for improvements on your land. Projects already funded include regenerative farming, hedgerow restoration, small woodland planting, improvements to Rights of Way, kissing gates for better access and restoring historic features.

Over £200,000 worth of projects has been funded so far and with an extension until March 2025 this is a perfect time to apply. You will be supported every step of the way. Please email to find out more

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Trig Points

Trig Point

The AONB partnership commissioned works for Staffordshire County Council Highways and Built County to repair and renovate three Ordnance Survey (OS) triangulation pillars, commonly known as trig points. The work involved repairing and reinstating the original features at the Butts, north of rifle range corner, Glacial Boulder, and Stile Cop.

Trig Points were originally used by the Ordnance Survey to determine the exact shape of the country. Look out for each of the restored trig points when you are out and about.

Annual Conference

Annual Conference

This year’s Annual Conference was held at Brocton Hall Golf Club. We welcomed over 80 people for a very informative morning looking at how Cannock Chase has been shaped by human activities over many years. Our enthusiastic volunteers were put into the spotlight too providing some fascinating insights into heritage projects they had been involved with.

More Information here


Great British Spring Clean

Join in with the national campaign to help to protect this special landscape. We are all responsible for keeping it unspoilt, natural, wild and beautiful for everyone to be able to enjoy in the future. Join a group or go out as an individual and make a difference. Be a #litterheroe today.

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Happy Retirement

I am sure you will join us in wishing Julia Banbury, AONB Landscape Planning Officer, a fantastic retirement when she leaves in April. Julia has worked for Staffordshire County Council for over 17 years. Her most recent role in the AONB has been to ensure that its landscape is protected for the future. The team will all miss her commitment and enthusiasm.

We wish you well Julia!

Julia Banbury

Credit header image Sam Carpenter