National Trust launches joint Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site Management Plan

Avebury and Stonehenge World Heritage Site launched its first joint Management Plan on 18 May, heralding a new series of conservation strategies to cover the 2015-21 period.

The plan includes criteria for farming, tourism, archaeological research, conservation and forward-thinking management. Speeches were given by heritage experts from across the UK including Ian Barnes, the Head of Archaeology for the National Trust, Chairman of the WHS Steering Committee Andrew Williamson, and WHS Coordinator Sarah Simmonds. Their comments expressed appreciation for each of the partnerships the Site has developed over the years, with groups such as the National Trust, English Heritage, Wiltshire Council, Historic England, Natural England and the RSPB.

It is the first time that the WHS Management Plan has considered Stonehenge and Avebury together. Dr Nick Snashall, National Trust archaeologist said: “Today’s launch of the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site Management Plan marks a watershed moment in the way we care for these unique landscapes. This plan represents the commitment of a host of organisations and individuals to ensuring these precious places can be appreciated and enjoyed by generations to come”.