Local MP helps AONB with 2011 visitor survey

On Friday 15 April, Aidan Burley, MP for Cannock, joined two volunteers from Veolia Environmental Services at Cannock Chase Visitor Centre, surveying visitors.

Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is getting a helping hand from local volunteers this year in the huge job of finding out visitor numbers and local views from a variety of AONB sites.

Ninety volunteers, including Cannock’s MP, Aidan Burley, are devoting 12 days of their spare time, from October 2010 to October 2011, to survey visitors at 30 protected AONB sites in Cannock, Rugeley, Lichfield District, Stafford and South Staffordshire.

The AONB 2011 Visitor Survey will help the team to find out how many people come to Cannock Chase AONB. It will also reveal how visitors travel to these areas, where they come from, and why they go to them – such as for walks, cycling, or to take part in an activity.

Emma Beaman, Assistant AONB Officer, said: “We’re so grateful to all our volunteers for giving up their free time to help us with our survey. We’re also delighted that Aidan Burley MP has shown his commitment to the local environment and has become our first individual member of the AONB Membership Scheme.”

On top of newsletters and a book of stunning AONB photographs, members help the AONB Partnership to protect the landscape, while getting a behind the scenes look at how the local area is managed.

Aidan Burley MP added: “We’re so lucky to be surrounded by such beautiful countryside and I wanted to take an active role to help maintain and protect it. Becoming a member of the AONB is a great way to keep in the loop about its news and events, and I am looking forward to spending more time in the AONB taking part in more activities to help keep it our jewel in the crown.”

To become a member, or to find out more, please contact Cannock Chase AONB on 01889 882613 or email cannockchase@staffordshire.gov.uk

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