Rural Skills and Grants Officer appointed for the Cotswolds

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David Molloy has joined the Cotswolds Conservation Board as Rural Skills and Grants Officer to further develop the annual programme of traditional skills courses and the Sustainable Development Fund.

David, who is from Chipping Norton, joins the Board from Oxfordshire County Council where he has been employed as Countryside Tasks Assistant since January 2009. Prior to this, David worked for Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as a Ranger and Hampshire County Council as Hampshire Paths Partnership Officer. He graduated from Bournemouth University in 2005 with a BSc(Hons) Environmental and Conservation Biology.

With a wide range of experience and interests in the countryside and environment sectors, David is looking forward to his new role in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

“I am delighted to be taking up the challenge of driving forward the Board’s rural skills programme which plays such an important part in keeping traditional crafts such as drystone walling and hedgelaying alive in the Cotswolds.

I am also looking forward to working with, and helping local communities and organisations achieve a more sustainable way of living through the Board’s Fund grant scheme, the Sustainable Development Fund,” said David.

Anyone who is interested in taking part in one of the rural skills courses or applying for the Sustainable Development Fund should contact David on 01451 862002 or Further details are also available from the Board’s website –


Notes to editors:

  • The full programme of rural skills courses in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty can be viewed here.
  • Sustainable Development Fund grants are available to any organisation including community or voluntary groups and local authorities. Individuals and businesses can qualify for the scheme if their project shows a clear benefit to the wider community.

Cotswolds AONB fact file

  • The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation with 37 members, 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by Government.
  • The Government has designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks as our finest countryside and they are recognised as being of national importance.
  • With its rolling hills and valleys the Cotswolds is the third largest protected landscape in England and Wales after the Lake District and Snowdonia. 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.
  • The Cotswolds AONB is the largest of the family of 49 AONBs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.