A new plan to protect and maintain the landscape of the Solway coast has been given the backing of Carlisle City Council.

The Solway coast, a designated Area of Natural Beauty, extends across the western edge of the city council's district, including most of Burgh by Sands and the Solway marshes.

A new management plan has been put together for the Solway coast, which will guide conservation and protection work until 2025.

The plan, drawn up on behalf of Carlisle City Council, Allerdale Council and Cumbria County Council by the Solway Coast AONB Partnership, has now been given the green light by the Carlisle local authority.

Paul Nedved, the city council's portfolio holder for economy, enterprise and housing, explained that the city council has a statutory duty to prepare and review the Solway coast's management plan.

"It is designed to enable local communities to take action to conserve and enhance the landscape," he said.

“Critically, it outlines the health benefits, covering topics such as carbon storage - so crucial to the issue of climate change and the manner by which our natural environment provided habitats for pollinators essential for food and the farming industry. It had been extensively consulted upon with local communities and stakeholders.

"We’re delighted to adopt the plan and thank all those that played their part in its formation and consultation.”

The management plan focuses on conservation and enhancement of the natural beauty of the area, as well as supporting and promoting the natural and cultural heritage of the area.

Many organisations, individuals and communities will have a role in putting the management plan into action.

The plan highlights actions and activities that will conserve and enhance the natural and cultural heritage, help people discover, enjoy and understand the area, and support the economy in sustainable ways.