Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are to be renamed as ‘National Landscapes’.
The rebranding comes on the back of the Glover Report (2019) and the government’s commitment in 2022 to provide new purposes, powers and resources for AONBs to unlock their full potential alongside our National Parks, creating:
‘A coherent national network of beautiful, nature-rich spaces that all parts of society can easily access and enjoy. Protected landscapes will support thriving local communities and economies, improve our public health and wellbeing, drive forward nature recovery, and build our resilience to climate change.’
Alongside England’s 10 National Parks, there are 46 National Landscapes with 66% of the population living within 30 minutes of one, and receiving 170 million people visitors each year.
For more about the UK’s National Landscapes, and the work they do, visit www.national-landscapes.org.uk