The Cotswolds Conservation Board is an independent organisation made up of 37 Board members who all take part in making key decisions that directly affect the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Members gather at Board, Executive and Sub-Committee meetings across the year and are drawn from three tiers of regional government to ensure that a fair and broad range of views and areas of expertise are reflected.

Of the 37 members, 15 are nominated by local authorities, eight by parish councils and 14 are appointed by government.

The board has a small team of staff based at Northleach, a market town at the heart of the Cotswolds AONB.

In addition, the board is supported by 350 Cotswold Voluntary Wardens who are an integral part of the organisation, dedicating thousands of hours each year to practical conservation and promotional work for the AONB.

What We Do

The activities of the Board are wide and various and cover areas such as:

  • securing major support for conservation projects in the Cotswolds AONB
  • promoting green transport and tourism initiatives
  • providing public information about the AONB and encouraging people to enjoy the area
  • providing specialist landscape advice to 15 planning departments in local authorities across the AONB
  • responding to national and regional consultations on matters affecting the AONB
  • communicating regularly with a wide network of partner organisations
  • working alongside 350 Cotswold Voluntary Wardens who undertake thousands of hours of practical work to help conserve the AONB every year
  • organising events and over 300 guided walks every year
  • working closely with farming groups to give advice to local landowners
  • providing rural grants information
  • supporting rural skills by running competitions and training courses in drystone walling and hedgelaying
  • supporting projects that promote an awareness of the connection between food production, farming and the landscape.