The Cotswolds Conservation Board is in the process of recruiting two new Board members.

Founded in 2004 the Board works to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Cotswolds AONB and to increase public understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the area. In fulfilling these roles the Board seeks to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities.

Board members are responsible for making decisions which directly affect the Cotswolds. Of the 40 members, 15 are appointed by the Secretary of State for the Environment and the current Secretary of State Hilary Benn MP, has encouraged people to apply for the two new positions.

Chairman of the Cotswolds Conservation Board Niel Curwen said:

"This is a fascinating opportunity for individuals who are interested in helping to make key decisions about the Cotswolds. Board members have the opportunity to help shape perceptions about the importance of conservation issues in the area and can use their influence and abilities to help ensure that the AONB is conserved in a sustainable way".

Candidates will understand the concept and practice of sustainable development and will be drawn from a broad range of backgrounds. Applications are particularly encouraged from members of ethnic minorities, young people and disabled people.

The closing date for applications is Monday 22nd October and appointments will start in the Spring of 2008.

Click here for more information on the required skills and experience and application forms.

Application forms and further details can also be obtained from:

Rosalia Tramontana, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Block A, Spur 12, Government Buildings, Whittington Road, Worcester, WR5 2LQ;

Tel no: 01905 768822;

Click here to e-mail Rosalia