Groups wanted to set priorities for nature

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Name: Paul Atkins''Address: 28 Leonards Close, Edgcott, Aylesbury HP18 0TZ''Phone: 01296 770697 'Age:52''Describe your photo and where it was taken: '' ''Photo: BHpaQuainton.jpg ' Sunrise on road between Edgcott and Quainton looking towards Quainton.'' ''Photo: BHpaNeitherWin.jpg ' Sunrise from Neither Winchendon looking towards Haddenham.'''Photo: BHpaUpperRayMeadowsFlood.jpg ' Sunset across the BBOWT nature reserve 'Upper Ray Meadows' in flood near Marsh Gibbon.''Was your photo taken using a film or digital camera? Digital

BUSINESSES and community groups not normally associated with green issues are being asked what their environmental priorities are for the region.

This week people gathered at the Old Gaol in Buckingham to have their say about Buckinghamshire’s natural environment.

The consultation event was held in order to establish priorities for the new Local Nature Partnership which bring together the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust, Bucks County Council, and the district authorities included Aylesbury Vale District Council.

A series of community consultation events are being held across the county and in Milton Keynes for the general public, organisations, community groups and businesses to find out more about the Partnership, and how they can get involved to benefit Buckinghamshire’s natural environment and wildlife.

Heather Lewis, the BBOWT’S senior conservation officer for Bucks, said: “LNPs are the new way of co-ordinating environmental activities and ensuring they involve everyone in the community including local businesses, community groups and parish councils.

“They aim to create a vision and action plan to show how the natural environment can be taken account of when councils, developers and businesses are making decisions.”

Visitors to the consultation events were asked: which aspects of the environment in Bucks and Milton Keynes are the most important to their quality of life (food production, creating attractive recreational environments); what specific things should be done to improve the natural environment in the local area; and what should the Local Nature Partnership’s role be in making these things happen?

Next week the consultation moves on to Aylesbury and will be at the Library in Walton Street on Tuesday, March 6, between 4.30 and 6pm. Anyone who is not able to attend the events can contact the Local Nature Partnership via Heather Lewis at the BBOWT on 01442 826774.