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Landscape and Nature Conservation

Lincolnshire County Council has an important role in protecting, managing and promoting the county’s natural environment. Our work in this area is led by the Strategy and Partnerships Team within Environmental Services (Communities directorate), including the Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service.

In October 2012 a Natural Environment Strategy (see download below) for Lincolnshire County Council was approved by the Council’s Executive.  This outlines the Council’s statutory obligations with regard to biodiversity, and the nationally protected landscape of the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB, in undertaking its operations.

The Natural Environment Strategy also engages with the agenda set out by Government in the 2011 White Paper The Natural Choice, to identify objectives which enable us to work with partners and local people to realise the great benefits from an active involvement in protecting, enhancing and promoting our natural environment. We also aim to develop new links with other sections of the County Council to fully meet these objectives. The Natural Environment Strategy will eventually form part of the Council’s overarching Environmental Management Strategy.

Our main areas of work include:

And through the Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service we work with our partners to manage the Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

We aim to improve the quality of life for people living, working or visiting the County. One way we do this is by understanding the nature of Lincolnshire and how mankind has worked with, affected and celebrated the environment.

We work with others to record and understand our landscape and its biodiversity through the newly-established Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership. We manage small areas ourselves but mostly, we offer advice to others, work in partnerships or provide financial help to others in order to achieve our objectives.

We advise on development applications, proposals and plans and provide grants for landscape enhancement.

We aim to raise awareness about the characteristics of Lincolnshire and try to establish, maintain and promote a sense of place. We work to draw in resources from outside bodies to enable us to develop projects which will have the greatest benefit for people, wildlife and the landscape.

The Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service helps to protect and enhance the landscape through partnership projects with local landowners, farmers, parish councils, businesses and residents of the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Lincolnshire County Council is involved in a wide range of environmental projects including:

We often work in partnership with other organisations especially:

Other sections of the County Council play their part in this work.  Within the Highways service, the Countryside Access Team is responsible for promoting access to the countryside and managing highway trees.  Property Services have responsibility for the management of trees on County Council owned property.


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Last updated: 7 December 2017

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