About the NAAONB

The National Association for AONBs is a registered charity.

Our vision is that the natural beauty of AONBs is valued and secure.

Our mission is to support and develop a network of ambitious AONB partnerships with a strong collective voice.

Our charitable objects are simple and have the care of the UK’s countryside at their heart.

The charity’s membership is made up of AONB partnerships and conservation boards, local authorities, environment organisations and enthusiastic individuals who care deeply about our outstanding countryside.

The charity is governed by a board of trustees assisted by a small staff team.


Charitable Status

The NAAONB achieved charitable status in October 2015 and is now a charitable company limited by guarantee. This gives it a structure that allows it to respond better and more quickly to the needs of the membership. The charity has three objects:

a. to promote the conservation and enhancement of natural beauty including the physical, natural, cultural and built environment in and around Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, other protected areas, and those areas for which such designation might be pursued,

b. to advance the education, understanding and appreciation of the public in relation to the conservation and enhancement of natural beauty including the physical, natural, cultural and built environment of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), other protected areas and those areas for which such designation might be pursued, and

c. to promote the efficiency and effectiveness of those organisations promoting or representing Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, other protected areas and those areas for which such designation might be pursued.


Our Strategic Plan and Business Plan

The charity’s work is guided by its
a. Strategic Plan 2016-2020 and
b. Business Plan 2018-2020.


Photo credit: Reigate Hill by John Miller – Surrey Hills AONB.