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South East tourism boost hopes for £1m project

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Image caption The Our Land project is being funded through the Rural Development Programme for England

A £1m initiative to attract more visitors to beauty spots across the South East has been launched.

Representatives from nine of the region's protected landscapes hope the Our Land project, which will include a new website, will boost tourism.

The website will allow users to find out about destinations, view suggested itineraries and book holidays.

The project is jointly funded by the EU and the government, through the Rural Development Programme for England.

It was launched at The Merry Harriers in Hambledon, Surrey.

Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, attended, alongside BBC TV wildlife presenter Kate Humble.

Areas involved include the Chilterns, Cotswolds, High Weald, Isle of Wight, Kent Downs, New Forest, North Wessex Downs, South Downs and the Surrey Hills.

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