The Board's Annual Review Published

Training over 400 people in rural skills on over 50 courses, over 5,000 people enjoying free guided walks across the AONB and investing £320,000 in the restoration and celebration of wildflower grasslands are just some of the highlights included in the recently published Annual Review 2014/15 by the Cotswolds Conservation Board.

The Conservation Board, which looks after the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, has published its latest Annual Review. The publication, which is downloadable from the website, summarises the range of work and achievements of the Board during the last financial year.

Other notable highlights include:

  • £3.4m worth of investment in the AONB secured by the Board
  • Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Cotswolds Conservation Board and the Sustainable Development Fund
  • Over 300 Cotswold Voluntary Wardens have clocked up a total of 45,639 hours in their work to conserve, enhance and increase understanding and enjoyment of the Cotswolds AONB
  • The Board receives an allocation offer of 2.49 million Euros (equating to £1.99m) for the delivery of a new Cotswolds LEADER programme covering significant parts of rural Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, and Gloucestershire
  • Roaring success for the Cotswold Lion Café

Director Martin Lane said: “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.

It’s 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. 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.”

 

Notes to editors:

  • The Annual Review 2014/15 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.