AONB

Our Work

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 Partnership Plan is produced in consultation with communities and agencies active in the AONB and is delivered by the East Devon AONB Partnership on behalf of East Devon District and Devon County Council. 

 

Where it all started and where we are now

AONB Designation Publication

The East Devon AONB was finally designated on 20th September 1963. We have recently produced a fascinating historical account of the designation process and evolution of the East Devon AONB boundary, 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.

 

The Glover review of designated Landscapes 

As part of the Governments 25yrs Environment Plan, a panel of experts, guided by Julian Glover, undertook a review of designated landscapes during 2018-19; some 70yrs since the creation of the National Park and Access to the Countryside Act (1949).

Known as the 'Glover Review', the report makes a series of 27 wide ranging proposals of how our special landscapes can serve the national interests in the 21st century - see here.

 

AONBs have responded collectively to the review through the National Association for AONBs - see here. In July 2019 we collectively made a bold declaration to tackle the decline in nature through the Colchester Declaration.  

 

We have also agreed a joint statement with Dorset AONB with particular reference to the proposed Dorset and East Devon National Park  - see here.  


Contact Us

East Devon AONB Partnership
Kennaway House
Coburg Road, Sidmouth
EX10 8NG

Tel: 01404 46663

Email : info@eastdevonaonb.org.uk


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In England and Wales, our finest landscapes have been conserved through designation as National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs).

The East Devon AONB was designated in 1963 and is one of the 46 AONBs situated across the UK. The National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty provides general information about AONBs. 

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