The Cotswolds Conservation Board is proud to work with a wide range of partner organisations in order to ensure that the AONB conserved and enhanced properly.

Here are a few examples of ways in which we work with other organisations:

The Cotswolds Ancient Woodland Project

The board is currently working alongside the Forestry Commission and Natural England to focus resources on an Ancient Woodland Priority Area within the AONB.

It is one of four priority areas in the South West Region and enhanced grant funding is available to landowners who are interested in helping to conserve ancient woodland within it.

Click here to see a booklet about the project.

Click here to read more.

Drystone Walling Competition

Every year the Board works in partnership with the Cotswolds Branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain to hold a drystone walling competition.

Beginners and experienced wallers are given the chance to pit their skills against each other in a series of classes.

The last competition was held in October 2008 on the Highgrove Estate courtesy of HRH, The Prince of Wales.

Click here to find out more.

Walling – No Barrier

The board worked in partnership with Abingdon and Witney College and the Drystone walling association of Great Britain to run a walling apprenticeship scheme, ‘Walling no barrier’, which was taught on Milton Downs Farm near Burford in West Oxfordshire.

25 people graduated from the course and the board subsidised the students course fees and encouraged them to pair-up with experienced wallers. Students graduated with a Lantra Level 1 Drystone walling qualification which is recognised nationally.

Click here to read a news story.

The Cotswolds Green Tourism Project

The board promotes sustainable tourism through the Cotswolds Green Tourism Project in partnership with West Oxfordshire District Council.

The project works to ensure that tourism facilities are provided in the most efficient way to ensure that the Cotswolds is not degraded as a tourism destination over time.

Click here to find out more.