High Weald
High Weald Public Understanding and Engagement Questionnaire
  1. The High Weald is a special landscape and was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by the government in 1983.

    This survey seeks to explore what aspects of the High Weald you find particularly beautiful and how you enjoy the area. This will enable us to develop better policy to conserve and enhance what makes the High Weald AONB special whilst enabling its community and economy to thrive.

    The information will be used to inform the High Weald AONB Management Plan 2019-2024 which will be published in March 2019.

    This survey should take no more than 10 minutes; all completed forms will be entered into a draw to win two family tickets to the Spa Valley Railway, one of the High Weald's most popular heritage attractions.

    Thank you for your help.

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  3. What in the High Weald countryside do you most value?
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  4. What do you think is most beautiful about the High Weald countryside?
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  5. How appealing are the following to you? (1= not at all, 2= not particularly, 3= neither appealing nor unappealing, 4= slightly and 5= very appealing)
  6. A chance to get close to nature
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  7. An extensive footpath network
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  8. Dark skies
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  9. Farming activities (such as livestock grazing, haymaking, ploughing)
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  10. Historic Parks and Gardens
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  11. Scenery/views
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  12. Traditional buildings - oast houses, barns, churches and abbeys
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  13. Tranquility
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  14. Is there anything else you find appealing? (maximum of 3 suggestions)
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  17. "The High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a historic countryside of rolling hills, draped by small irregularly-shaped fields and abundant woods, shaws (linear woodland strips) and hedges, and scattered with farmsteads and ancient routeways."
  18. How much do you agree with the statement above?
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  19. Enjoying the area
  20. I like to enjoy the countryside most (1= disagree, 2= slightly disagree, 3= neither agree or disagree, 4= slightly agree, 5= agree):
  21. Cycling through it
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  22. From events, fairs, festivals and exhibitions
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  23. From the saddle of a horse
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  24. From the water
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  25. From the window of a car
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  26. Through magazines, books and film
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  27. Walking without a dog
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  28. Walking with my dog
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  29. Working on it
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  30. I do not enjoy the countryside
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  31. Are there any other ways in which you enjoy the countryside?
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  32. How far do you agree with this statement? "I have enough access to the countryside within two miles of my home."
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  33. If you would like more access to the countryside, what kind of access would you prefer? Please tick all options that apply.
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  34. If there is another way to increase access, please specify
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  35. Is there anything that spoils your enjoyment of the High Weald? (please write a maximum of 3 things)
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  38. Is there anything that would increase your enjoyment of the High Weald countryside (maximum of 3 things)
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  41. Have you ever sought information on your local countryside (e.g. land management advice, walking routes, etc)?
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  42. If yes, what information have you sought?
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  43. Would any of the following guidance be useful to you? Please tick all options that apply..
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  44. Is there any other guidance you would be interested in?
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  45. Conserving and enhancing the area
  46. As a resident, consumer and taxpayer, what do you want from the High Weald countryside? (1= low priority, 2= not particularly, 3= neutral, 4= slightly and 5= high priority)
  47. Food
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  48. Landscape conservation and beautiful scenery
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  49. Leisure and recreation
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  50. Timber
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  51. Water conservation
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  52. Wildlife conservation
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  53. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements? (1= disagree, 2= slightly disagree, 3= neither agree or disagree, 4= slightly agree and 5= agree)
  54. "Beautiful countryside should be protected from damage by law."
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  55. "The High Weald countryside is beautiful."
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  56. Specific support to local authorities to help them conserve Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England cost approximately 12p per person per year. What would you be prepared to pay per year to help conserve these areas?
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  57. What 3 things would you like to see happen in the next 5 years to look after and improve the High Weald countryside?
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  60. What are the 3 biggest threats to looking after and improving the High Weald countryside?
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  63. About you
  64. First name
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  65. Surname
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  66. Email
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  67. Organisation (if applicable)
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  68. What is your age category?
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  69. Are you a member of a local community or stakeholder group?
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  70. If yes, please indicate which type of group/organisation you are involved in
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  71. Your personal information will be kept private and held securely. By submitting information you are agreeing to High Weald JAC keeping you informed about the AONB Management Plan Review and other AONB news.

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  73. Thank you for your help - now please click 'submit' to send your answers