The National Association for
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a designated exceptional landscape whose distinctive character and natural beauty are precious enough to be safeguarded in the national interest. AONBs are protected and enhanced for nature, people, business and culture.
England, Wales and Northern Ireland has 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, covering 18% of the countryside, over a fifth of the English coast, and including 12,000 miles of footpaths and bridleways.
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Joint Statement on Climate Change and Biodiversity
The National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty today signed the Global Protected and Conserved Areas Joint Statement on Climate Change and Biodiversity. We are proud to unite for nature with so many other protected landscape organisations throughout the world. The statement illustrates our absolute commitment to delivering on the challenge to being part of the first 30% of the globe to be protected for nature, safeguarding our planet for the generations that follow.
Kent Downs AONB attains coveted Lonely Planet ‘Best in Travel’ Award
A huge congratulations to Kent’s Heritage Coast in the Kent Downs AONB, which has won international recognition as the 4th region on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2022. Lonely Planet particularly focused on its sustainable tourism practices.
Kent is the only UK destination to feature and was selected for its unique experiences, ‘wow’ factor and its ongoing commitment to sustainable tourism practices.
Huge congratulations to all the local organisations, businesses, and people that make Kent’s Heritage Coast such a special place to visit!