OWLP Aims

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The Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership (OWLP) area is used for a wide range of important land management activities, including agriculture, water management and flood prevention, and the management and further expansion of wetland habitats. The area is also important for recreational activities including bird watching, walking, cycling, boating and fishing.

An absence of a clearly defined identity for the area, disjointed visitor promotion and a general lack of overarching management structures, combined with deprivation issues in a number of the area’s communities and insufficient public access and engagement opportunities provide a clear rationale for the OWLP scheme.

The strategic aims of the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership are to:

  1. Promote the Ouse Washes LP area as a distinctive visitor and local destination.
  2. Raise awareness and understanding of the role of the washlands, its pressures and man’s role in maintaining and conserving a dynamic landscape.
  3. Work with a wide range of partners to improve community interaction and participation to maintain the area’s inherent beauty, natural and built heritage assets and international importance.
  4. Support the development of skills and provide training opportunities to enable local communities to be involved in conserving and managing the landscape.Sixteen Foot Drain near March - Copyright Steevytee

The OWLP partnership aims to create an integrated approach to promote the OWLP area as a destination while maintaining the uniqueness of this valuable, wildlife rich, working landscape and its cultural heritage. It does this through;

  • developing strong partnership working across existing administrative, organisational and other boundaries;
  • promoting the area as a visitor destination;
  • stimulating active community involvement with people’s own heritage and in ongoing maintenance and management of the landscape; and
  • providing a clearly defined, sustainable legacy for the OWLP landscape, its communities, heritage and wildlife.

The scheme will deliver a number of themed projects to raise awareness of this distinctive area, promoting its relevance to our lives today and in the future.

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You can download our Vision, Strategic Aims and Objectives, as well as other relevant documents, from our Resources page.

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