Secretary of State appointments to Cotswolds Conservation Board

Three new Board members are being sought for appointment to the Cotswolds Conservation Board as part of a national recruitment campaign across six protected landscapes by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

The Secretary of State appoints members to reflect the national importance placed on these special landscapes/areas, with responsibility for conservation, recreation, access, land management and resources as well as reflecting both local and national interests.

The appointments to the Conservation Board will commence from April 2014 and are initially for up to three years.

The new appointees will have the opportunity to work with other members to help steer the management of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the Conservation Board so that it delivers a wide-ranging series of benefits throughout the AONB.

The Cotswolds Conservation Board consists of 37 members, 15 of whom are nominated by local councils, eight by parish councils and 14 are appointed by the Secretary of State.

The duties of the Board member include championing the Board as an effective mechanism for promoting conservation and enhancement of the area’s natural beauty, increasing public understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities, and maintaining the social and economic well-being of local communities.

The Board has recently published its Cotswolds AONB Management Plan 2013-18 which sets out the future vision for the AONB and forms the basis of the work of the Board and its partners over the next five years. For more information:,

The closing date for receipt of applications is 11pm Friday 29 November 2013.

Further details and an application pack are available on the Cabinet Office website:


Notes to editors:

  • The Cotswolds was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966 in recognition of its rich, diverse and high quality landscape.
  • The Cotswolds AONB is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation established in 2004 which has 37 members - 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by the Secretary of State.
  • The Cotswolds is the second largest protected landscape in England after the Lake District National Park and represents 10% of the total AONB area in the UK. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.
  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), along with National Parks, are considered to be the most special landscapes in the country and belong to an international family of protected areas. There are 38 AONBs in England and Wales, and a further eight in Northern Ireland. For further details, visit: For details of the 15 National Parks in England and Wales visit: