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The Future Landscapes Project


The project, now completed, explored how the AONB Network and its national charity could become more resilient and better prepared to address strategic challenges. It is part of a wider ambition of the NAAONB to develop organisational and professional capacity to respond to changing political, policy and fiscal challenges.


This positive development helped ensure that the AONB Network could continue to help support the UK’s treasured national landscapes and ensure their contribution to the economy and well-being of UK society. In order to deliver the Future Landscapes Project, the NAAONB has received support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund in the form of a £164,300 Resilient Heritage grant, made possible by National Lottery players.

The Future Landscapes Project consisted of two complementary elements:

  • A crucial review of the sustainability and governance of the NAAONB Charity, investigating the remit, structures, resourcing and accountability of the organisation;
  • A professional and personal development programme, Taking the Lead, delivered to a cohort of AONB staff to help develop greater collaborative working across the AONB Network. Participants from the programme, coming from the 38 AONBs in England and Wales, received personality profiling and coaching. Topic Working Groups were then established to address complex problems facing the AONBs.


  • To establish a more resilient and effective charity that can represent and work for the AONB partnerships and that can tackle current and future challenges, with a different business model and a stronger financial position.
  • AONB Network staff to develop skills to work together and ensure that heritage is better looked after, managed and understood. To establish better ways of addressing collectively the challenges we are facing.
  • To establish interconnected local teams coming together across different geographies and working effectively acting as an decentralised network.
Future Landscapes Project Timeline