Annual Review published by Cotswolds Conservation Board

Training over 340 people in rural skills, reducing over 500 tonnes of carbon emissions and supporting nearly £300,000 worth of local community projects are just some of the highlights included in the recently published Annual Review 2013/14 by the Cotswolds Conservation Board.

The Conservation Board, which looks after the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has published its first Annual Review following publication last year of the Cotswolds AONB Management Plan 2013-18. The publication, which is downloadable from the Cotswolds AONB website, summarises the range of work and achievements of the Board during the last financial year.

Other notable highlights include:

  • More than £2.4m worth of investment in the AONB secured by the Board
  • Every £1 from a local authority turned into £249 of investment in the AONB
  • 4km of low voltage overhead wires buried underground
  • Over 900 school children and 14 schools participated in countryside learning
  • Over 45,000 hours of work carried out by Cotswold Voluntary Wardens
  • New Cotswold Lion Cafe opened at the Old Prison in Northleach and trading in surplus within 5 months.

Director Martin Lane said: “Through the hard work of all our staff, voluntary wardens, members and many partner organisations including 15 local authorities, we were able to once again secure significant investment and bring a wide range of benefits to the Cotswolds AONB and its local communities. The figures demonstrate the ongoing support for the Board and the AONB and the high levels of value for money that the Board is able to secure for its funding partners.

We are looking forward to another busy and productive year where hopefully even more projects will come to fruition to help conserve this fantastic landscape and enable more people to explore and enjoy this special place for themselves.”

ENDS


Notes to editors:

  • The Annual Review 2013/14 can be downloaded here.
  • To download an infographic summarising key highlights, click here
  • The Cotswolds was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966 in recognition of its rich, diverse and high quality landscape. www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk
  • 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: www.landscapesforlife.org.uk. For details of the 15 National Parks in England and Wales visit: www.nationalparks.gov.uk
  • Over 300 Cotswold Voluntary Wardens dedicate thousands of hours of practical conservation work every year across the AONB, as well as lead an annual programme of guided walks and undertake a range of promotional and educational work.