Landscapes for Life Week

Events happen in AONBs throughout the year - but once a year the AONB Family gathers together to celebrate the UK's outstanding landscapes.

We call it Landscapes for Life Week, because we're committed to our iconic national landscapes forever. And those landscapes are so much more than a view – they are landscapes for living. They are a place for nature – which AONB partnerships are actively working to conserve and enhance. They are a place for industry – they are the living, breathing factory floor of our British food industry. They are a place of tranquillity, rootedness and wellbeing, treasured by generations of people seeking peace, exercise and leisure; truly our Natural Health Service.

2019 was the 70th anniversary of parliament passing the pioneering legislation that paved the way for the designation of the UK's 46 AONBs, and to commemorate this milestone, the National Association for AONBs commissioned a brand new poem by the poet laureate, Simon Armitage. He read the poem, Fugitives, for the first time at the Landscapes for Life Week National Moment celebration on Arnside Knott, overlooking Morecambe Bay in Arnside & Silverdale AONB.

You can listen to 'Fugitives', or download the transcript to read.

Transcription of 'Fugitives' (49 KB)

The date for 2020 Landscapes for Life Week is 19 to 27 September.