Local MP helps AONB with 2011 visitor survey

The Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) team has come to the end of its huge job of finding out visitor numbers and local views from a variety of AONB sites over a year.

 More than 100 volunteers, including South Staffordshire’s MP, Gavin Williamson, have been devoting up to 12 days of their spare time, from October 2010 to September 2011, to survey visitors at 30 protected AONB sites in Cannock, Rugeley,LichfieldDistrict, Stafford andSouth 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 people 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-Green, 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 Gavin Williamson MP has taken time out of his busy diary to help us. We’ve collected lots of information so far, which will help us to protect, preserve and enhance the area.”  

 Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, commented: “I thoroughly enjoyed my day in the great outdoors, meeting the huge variety of people who visit Shoal Hill Common. We’re so lucky to have such a wealth of beautiful countryside across Staffordshire, which we can all enjoy, and it has been my pleasure to volunteer for the AONB.”

 To find out how you can volunteer or become a member of the Cannock Chase AONB, call 01889 882613 or email cannockchase@staffordshire.gov.uk. The membership scheme now offers 10% off GoApe inBirchesValley (Cannock).

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