We are the AONB Partnership
In England and Wales, our finest landscapes have been conserved through designation as National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty AONBs.
Natural England is responsible for designating AONBs and advising the Government and others on how they should be protected and managed. Defra have also produced a Guidance Note: "Duties on relevant authorities to have regard to the purposes of National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads"
Part IV of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (CRoW) has placed a requirement on AONB Local Authorities to prepare and publish an AONB Management Strategy. The East Devon AONB Management Strategy has been produced in consultation with communities and agencies active in the AONB.
The links above provide further information about how the AONB Partnership will guide the delivery of the Strategy and direct the work of the AONB Team, whilst the links to the right tell you more about all the organisations involved in the East Devon AONB Partnership.
Where it all started and where we are now
The East Devon AONB was finally designated on 20th September 1963. Find out how you can get more involved in our 50th anniversary. We have recently produced a fascinating historical account of the designation process and evolution of the East Devon AONB boundary, below, first proposed in 1957 by Brigadier P.B. Acland (1902-93).
To view the AONB designation publication online click here (pdf 4mb). Alternatively you can order your own copy from the team, at a cost of £5.
The East Devon AONB boundary map can now also be viewed by clicking on this link.
Looking good at fifty
Fifty years of AONB, read all about our five successes and five challenges in the years ahead.