The Cotswolds AONB needs you!

Three new people are being sought by the Cotswolds Conservation Board to help play an important role in managing the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The new members are being recruited as part of a national campaign by the Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and will be instrumental in helping to conserve and enhance the AONB, together with promoting a greater awareness and enjoyment of its special qualities.

The Board would be particularly interested to hear from people with an interest in sustainable tourism, health and wellbeing and from those with a commercial acumen. Applications are also particularly encouraged from people with disabilities, women, young people and members of ethnic minorities.

The appointments will commence from April 2015 and are initially for up to three years.

Nick Holliday from Stroud who has been a Secretary of State appointee to the Board since 2008, is keen to encourage people who are passionate about the Cotswolds to apply: “The Cotswolds AONB is one of the country’s most beautiful places and it is important that it stays that way. We know that the Cotswolds is good for both business and people, and provides many benefits for those who live, work and visit here. There is therefore a need to ensure that its future management reflects the needs of everyone and, to make that happen, the Board is encouraging people from all backgrounds and with a range of skills to apply.”

The Board last year published its Cotswolds AONB Management Plan 2013-18 which sets out the future vision for the AONB and forms the basis of the work of the Board and its partners over the next five years. For more information:,

The closing date for receipt of applications is 30 October 2014.

Click here for further details and an information pack.


Notes to editors:

  • The Cotswolds was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966 in recognition of its rich, diverse and high quality landscape.
  • The Cotswolds AONB is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – 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 is the second largest protected landscape in England after the Lake District National Park 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, and a further eight in Northern Ireland. For further details, visit: For details of the 15 National Parks in England and Wales visit: