Case Studies of AONB Projects (click/tap cards for more info)
AONBs are dynamic, living landscapes that underpin the economy and the health and wellbeing of the UK. They are outstanding landscapes which provide a range of benefits for both people and wildlife. The project-cards listed below show practical examples of what AONB Partnerships and Conservation Boards are doing to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to take advantage of everything AONBs have to offer, whilst also learning how to enjoy and look after them. If you have a project or practical example that you would like to add to this page, please download and complete this form (PDF) and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Orchards for Everyone
Kent Downs AONB - The Orchards for Everyone project plays precisely to some of the key priorities of the 25 Year Environment Plan; in particular it supports thriving plants and…
Forest of Bowland AONB - 'Bowland Haytime' encompasses a suite of species-rich grassland restoration project activity delivered jointly by the Yorkshire Dale Millennium Trust and Forest…
Wye Valley River Festival
Wye Valley AONB Partnership - The Wye Valley River Festival is an ambitious biennial arts and environment festival run by the Wye Valley AONB Partnership. The Festivals in 2014, 2016…
Growing Orchard Communities
South Devon AONB - the Growing Orchard Communities project aims to support local people to manage healthy orchards for the whole community to enjoy.
Chiltern Rangers CIC
Chiltern AONB - Chiltern Rangers CIC was set up in 2013. This social enterprise works with local communities to provide practical habitat management of the woodlands, chalk grassland,…
Farms for AONBees
Cornwall AONB in further partnership with South Devon - This project transformed the ESI’s award winning computer models of bee behaviour, growth and survival by piloting them as a…
Working with volunteers
Arnside & Silverdale AONB - has been running a successful volunteer programme for over 25 years, during which time the range of volunteer tasks has expanded from conservation work…
Life on the Verge
Lincolnshire Wolds AONB - In partnership with Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, the Life on the Verge Project has developed a network of volunteers in surveying roadside verges and the…
People Enjoying Nature
Forest of Bowland AONB - The PEN pilot project took place over the summer of 2017, and delivered a range of different activities for individuals dealing with mental health issues.
High Weald Field Systems
High Weald AONB Partnership - Recognising the pressure on fields in the High Weald for development, food, energy production and leisure use, the High Weald AONB Partnership and Historic…
HS2 through the Chilterns
Chilterns Conservation Board - The Conservation Board fought long and hard to try and persuade the Government not to route the High Speed 2 Railway through the widest part of the…
Discovering Black Down
Mendip Hills AONB - The project was designed to raise awareness of the wildlife and archaeological value of the Black Down and Burrington Commons through activities, events and…
Shropshire Hills Destination
Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership - The AONB Partnership facilitates the Shropshire Hills Destination Partnership, working closely with Shropshire Hills Tourism, the recognised…
The Mendip Rocks! Festival is an annual event that brings to life the fascinating rocks that have created the Mendip Hills. A wide range of events reveal the ancient stories that have…
East Devon Farmers Group
East Devon AONB Partnership - East Devon Farmers Group was established in 2016 to help guide a 5 year farm facilitation programme in the heart of East Devon AONB.
Bringing Gower Home
Gower Landscape Partnership - The project provided ten one-day photography workshops for groups of up to 12 participants in 2016-17. These participants were based with organisations…
Legacy to Landscape
East Devon AONB - A 3 year project designed to engage local people to help them discover or re-discover their local wildlife, landscape and heritage and to provide opportunities to do…
Uncovering Mining History
Shropshire Hills AONB - The project aimed to tell the story of lead and barytes mining in the Scheme area. This was done through conservation and enhancement work at key sites,…
North Pennines AONB - The initiative is part of an international programme to protect dark skies initiated by the International Dark Skies Association.
Working with Moorswork
Howardian Hills AONB volunteers have been working alongside Moorswork, a training and employment scheme for mainly young adults with learning difficulties.
Wilder Career Choice Traineeships
Shropshire Hills AONB - The project delivered a programme of one year, multi-skill traineeships for young people, to help them pursue careers in conservation or land management.
Wye Valley AONB Partnership - Significant consolidation works were completed on St James’ Church, Lancaut which is a Listed Building and part of a Scheduled Monument.
Blackdown Hills Natural Futures
Blackdown Hills AONB Partnership - Over 3 years the project discovered more about the natural heritage of the Blackdown Hills.
Wye Valley AONB Partnership - MindSCAPE aims to improve the metal and physical health of people diagnosed with early onset dementia and their carers by reducing social isolation and…
East Devon Ambassadors
East Devon AONB - Developing relationships with local businesses to promote the East Devon Way and hinterland of the AONB through their AONB Ambassador Scheme as part of a sustainable…
IoW Woodland Apprentices
Isle of Wight AONB - The project was set up to train apprentices to provide the next generation of woodland contractors and countryside rangers on the Isle of Wight.
Dorset Food and Drink
Dorset AONB - Dorset Food & Drink is a membership organisation with a trademarked brand representing Dorset's food and drink business community bringing a strong and vibrant sector…
Suffolk Coast Conservation
Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB - This project introduced conservation holidays to the Suffolk coast, as part of a programme to increase the economic and conservation benefits in this rural…
Cranborne Chase Cider
Cranborne Chase Cider: an on-farm diversification project was set up with a grant from the AONB's Sustainable Development Fund.
Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival
Lincolnshire Wolds AONB Partnership - The Annual Festival comprises a programme of events run over two weeks during May to June and offers upwards of 100 walks each year and attracts…
Breamore Railway Footpath
Cranborne Chase AONB - Through a grant from their Sustainable Development Fund, they were able to finish a footpath project that had been funded by Hampshire County Council and New…
Stepping into Nature
Dorset AONB - Stepping into Nature is helping to deliver health and wellbeing benefits for Dorset’s older people, including those living with dementia and their carers.
Supporting Local Businesses
Through their Sustainable Development Fund, Cranborne Chase AONB have supported the development of innovative and highly successful retail and hospitality projects.
Taste of the Chilterns
The aim of the project was to celebrate and promote the rapidly expanding Chilterns food and drink offer, developing appealing new trails, events and marketing resources.
Wye Valley AONB Youth Rangers
The programme enables about 15 young people aged 14-16 years old to undertake a 2 year programme of regular activities.
Landscape Improvement Scheme
This project aims to link existing priority habitats, namely lowland heath, and sessile oak woods, through reversion of conifer and agricultural land; working with the public and…
River Clun Recovery Project
This project is working to reconnect highly fragmented riparian habitats and working beyond the riparian corridor to benefit a range of wildlife in the Clun Catchment area.
The Nectarworks project focusses on the enhancement, restoration and celebration of flower-rich habitats and the nectar-feeding invertebrates that depend on them.
Coastal Creatures is a 2 year, externally funded project within the AONB providing an experienced and knowledgeable 'education and interpretation’ officer.
The Monument Management Scheme is a 4-year partnership project to manage Scheduled Monuments to remove them from Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register.
High Weald Heroes
High Weald Heroes is a primary school education programme which aims to connect children with their local landscape heritage.
Community Woodland Network
The Partnership has been leading a Community Woodland Network, linking likeminded groups in West Dorset. Prime Coppice was one of the founding members of the network.
Helping Hillforts and Earthworks
The project is about improving access, interpretation and conservation management at a number of key hillfort and castle sites within the Landscape Partnership Scheme area using both…
LEMUR+ Phase 1 Habitat Survey
The Partnership provides ecological survey trainee positions to develop specific skills in ecological and wildlife survey work.
Character of the Coast
Character of our Coast is a partnership project of then and now photographic exhibition and talks to demonstrate the changing landscape of the North Devon Coast AONB.
Heritage on the Edge
Our Landscape Partnership is focused on an area described as one of the most important late Neolithic/early Bronze Age funerary ceremonial landscapes in NW Europe.
Tourism Businesses Network
The Forest of Bowland AONB Partnership has been supporting tourism businesses for over 10 years.
The project aims to discover more about the wildlife of the Blackdown Hills by supporting local people to set up community wildlife projects.
John Muir Award
The John Muir Award in the Shropshire Hills was a collaborative project delivered by the Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership and Shropshire Wildlife Trust about connecting children to…