Month: September 2020

The Cotswolds AONB gets a new look and a new name

 

The Cotswolds Conservation Board, which looks after the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) announces a new name and logo this week. The change is an active welcome to the findings in Julian Glover’s Landscapes Review published in 2019.

 

The review proposed that National Parks and AONBs should be brought together, as “one family of national landscapes”; it suggested that the cumbersome title ‘AONB’ should be replaced – with ‘National Landscape’; and it reminded us that our precious natural landscapes have always been, in part, meant to provide everybody the opportunity to connect with nature. Now, in the midst of a pandemic, it is clear that people cherish the great outdoors – and that it’s for all of us to enjoy and look after.

The new look for the Cotswolds embodies all these observations. Inspired by the special qualities of the Cotswolds landscape, the logo retains and amplifies the Cotswold Lion sheep synonymous with the region, now features the updated ‘Cotswolds National Landscape’ name, and presents a bold new colour. It gives a nod to the heritage of the Cotswolds, but showcases the area in a more energetic, invigorating, and inviting way.

Andy Parsons, its new Chief Executive said, “We firmly believe that this landscape is for everyone to enjoy and explore; and we hope that this exciting step will help people to better understand what we’re about – looking after the Cotswolds National Landscape, and helping people connect with nature in the Cotswolds.”

Brendan McCarthy, the organisation’s Chairman, said, “we warmly welcome the outcomes of the Glover Review and look forward to working closely with Defra and all our partners on the next steps. This change is the first of these, and an important part of our work to conserve and enhance this wonderful landscape, and to welcome visitors to enjoy it.”

Julian Glover, author of the Landscapes Review, said, “The Cotswolds stand out among our most famous and beautiful landscapes, as one of the places that make England special. They look unchanging but keeping their character and backing natural recovery will take effort and leadership. It’s a fight we must win – which is why I’m so pleased to see some of the ideas from our recent landscape review put to work in this precious place.”

Lord Gardiner, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity), said, “Our national landscapes are at the heart of our rural communities and rural economy, and I welcome this rebrand which I hope will encourage more people to enjoy our spectacular English landscapes.”

Jenny Forde, Cotswold District Councillor, said, “I’m delighted to see this new logo and name. This landscape is so good looking, it’s basically a supermodel! Great to see it in the spotlight!”

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, Member of Parliament for the Cotswolds, said, “I warmly welcome this rebranding, as it will sharpen everyone’s appreciation for how special the Cotswolds really is – both in the quality of the landscape, and in its built environment.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

Please contact Alana Hopkins at hopkins@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk for further information or interview opportunities.

  • The Landscapes Review Final Report can be found on gov.uk
  • The Cotswolds National Landscape was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966 in recognition of its rich, diverse and high quality landscape, and is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board. www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk
  • The Cotswolds Conservation Board is 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 Conservation Board’s purposes are to:
    -conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Cotswolds AONB
    -increase understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the AONB
  • The Cotswolds is the third largest protected landscape in England after the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks 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. For further details, visit: www.landscapesforlife.org.uk. For details of the 13 National Parks in England and Wales visit: www.nationalparks.uk