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Surrey Hills AONB (c) John Miller

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.

...supporting the UK’s 46 AONBs to value and secure the natural beauty of the countryside

The National Association for AONBs is a charity with three objects:

  • to promote the conservation and enhancement of natural beauty in and around AONBs and other similarly protected areas;
  • to advance the education, understanding and appreciation of the conservation and enhancement of the countryside; and
  • to promote the efficiency and effectiveness of organisations promoting or representing Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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