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Finance and Admin Job Vacancies

Two superb opportunities to be part of a team working to conserve and enhance the natural beauty and increase the understanding and enjoyment of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Finance and Office Administrator, up to £17,391

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic Finance and Office Administrator to join our hardworking and friendly team at the Conservation Board.

The successful candidate will play a key role in the effective administration of the Board. We are seeking a self-reliant person who also works well as part of a team. You will be the first port of call for visitors to the Board’s offices and act as receptionist. Daily administrative tasks will also include inputting financial information and supporting the rural skills programme.

The closing date for applications for this post is noon on Wednesday 12th September and interviews are scheduled for Tuesday 18th September.

Finance and Administration Officer, up to £31,986

We are seeking an experienced finance officer to provide and manage accountancy and financial services to the Board.  You will be a fully or partly qualified accountant with experience in payroll, grant funding and VAT accounting.

In addition, you will be the Board’s office manager, ensuring the smooth day to day running of the Conservation Board’s offices in Northleach.

The closing date for applications for this post is noon on Monday 17th September and interviews are scheduled for Tuesday 25th September.

Find out more

If you are interested in applying for these stimulating and rewarding roles please visit www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk/jobs for further details and an application form, we do not accept CVs.


2018 Charcoal Production

Our rural skills officer, Ed Bonn, has started the annual charcoal burning process for 2018.

Producing charcoal is part of managing Ullen Wood, in Gloucestershire.

We coppice in autumn and winter, which produces wood that seasons for at least one year before being split into logs and loaded into the kiln, to burn over 24 hours. Once the kiln has cooled, the resulting charcoal is unloaded and bagged up. The charcoal will be used in the forge whilst teaching blacksmithing courses, and is also for sale in the Cotswolds Discovery Centre.

The Voluntary Wardens of the Cotswolds Conservation Board are extremely helpful in the process of producing charcoal, both filling and emptying the kiln. Recently, a group of young people from the Prince’s Trust joined in and helped to fill the kiln as part of a Rural Skills training programme.


Cotswolds AONB Management Plan 2018-2023 update

The final draft of the Cotswolds AONB Management Plan 2018-2023 is out for consultation from 10th July to 14th August 2018.

The associated Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Environmental Report and Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) Screening Report are also out for consultation during this period.

Although this consultation is targeted at the 15 local authorities that overlap with the Cotswolds AONB and the three statutory environmental bodies (Natural England, Historic England, and the Environment Agency), other stakeholders are welcome to provide a consultation response.  Please see the Management Plan page of our website for more details.


Job Vacancy: Finance & Administration Officer

A superb opportunity to be part of a team working to conserve and enhance the natural beauty and increase the understanding and enjoyment of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

We are seeking an experienced finance officer to provide and manage accountancy and financial services to the Board.  You will be a fully or partly qualified accountant with experience in payroll, grant funding and VAT accounting.

In addition, you will be the Board’s office manager, ensuring the smooth day to day running of the Conservation Board’s offices in Northleach.

The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 2nd July and interviews are scheduled for Wednesday 11th July.

Application forms should be emailed to Alexander Witcomb, info@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk 

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Cotswolds AONB Voluntary Wardens Given Queen’s Award

Photo shows Rebecca Jones, John Shaw, and Jean Booth at Buckingham Palace. 

The team of Voluntary Wardens who support the work of the Cotswolds Conservation Board has recently been given The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK – to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.

Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award. Each group is assessed on the benefit it brings to the local community and its standing within that community.

Local assessment panels look at all the nominations and decide which to send to the National Award Committee, which then makes recommendations to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), and sends a final list to The Queen for her approval. Our Head Warden, John Shaw, and our Volunteering Coordinator, Rebecca Jones, both attended The Queen’s Garden Party on 31st May in celebration of all 2018 award winners.

Martin Lane, Director of the Cotswolds Conservation Board, said, “The Cotswolds Voluntary Wardens put in over 48,000 hours of work this year, across a diverse range of projects – so this award and the garden party were a wonderful recognition of their dedication to this beautiful region. We look forward to seeing what they achieve over the next 12 months!”

John Shaw, Head Warden, said, “This award recognises 50 years of commitment and achievement in making the Cotswolds a great place to be, thanks to the passion, creativity and drive of our Voluntary Wardens. For half this time we have truly appreciated the tireless guidance, support & encouragement of our Coordinator Becky Jones“

2018 is the 50th anniversary of the Volunteer Wardens in the Cotswolds AONB, and the celebratory theme is education, and reaching the next generation to care for the Cotswolds. The Wardens have been working in education for over 10 years, and this year the Cotswolds Conservation Board has funded a free activities folder with more fantastic opportunities than ever for schools to access the Cotswolds. In 2017-18, over 1,400 pupils participated in education activities run with the Wardens. In addition, the Board is working with an artist to go into 10 schools or groups to produce artwork based on the pupils’ experiences of the Cotswolds.

For more information about The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Work: https://qavs.direct.gov.uk/ or https://twitter.com/QueensAwardVS


England’s Protected Landscapes to be reconsidered under new review

Environment secretary Michael Gove announced over the weekend that Julian Glover will lead a review panel which will reconsider England’s protected landscapes, including Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). The review will consider the potential for extending existing protected landscapes, or creating new ones. It is likely to consider whether any current AONBs could join the list of National Parks. The review will report in 2019 (the 70th Anniversary of the 1949 National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act).

The Cotswolds Conservation Board welcomes the announcement of this review and looks forward to welcoming Julian Glover and his review panel to the Cotswolds in due course.

Currently, the Cotswolds is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is managed and maintained by the Cotswolds Conservation Board. The Conservation Board has begun contacting farmers, landowners, national and local interest groups, MPs, and local authorities, within the Cotswolds AONB border to explore the case for the Cotswolds becoming a National Park. Local MPs Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown and David Drew have both previously signalled their strong interest in considering whether the Cotswolds should become a National Park.

Liz Eyre, Chairman of the Cotswolds Conservation Board, said, “We are looking forward to talking to people and exploring the cases for and against the Cotswolds as a National Park with those who live and work here. In April, we took the first steps towards this process by writing to Natural England and requesting that consideration be given to making the Cotswolds a National Park.”