Defra Review of Designated Landscapes 2018-19

Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, announced the start of a Designated Landscape Review on Sunday 27 May 2018. This Designated Landscape Review was included in Defra's 25 Year Environment Plan, and will review both National Parks and AONB’s, reporting back in 2019.

2018 October - Call for Evidence for the Review 
Message from Julian Glover, Chair of the Review advisory panel: 

"The Landscapes Review launched in May and since then the advisory panel and I have visited many of our National Parks and AONBs and talked to people who live, work in, visit and care for them. I want to reiterate my thanks for the efforts put in to arrange so many interesting conversations as well as for the hospitality. For those areas we are yet to visit, we are getting dates in diaries and looking forward to meeting soon. 
"The conversations so far have given the advisory panel and me a huge amount to contemplate, highlighting common themes as well as those which affect just some areas. 
"We will continue these conversations as the review progresses but we want everyone with a view to be able to set it out and are therefore opening a call for evidence on Saturday 20 October. In it, we ask open questions across a range of issues that allow people to set out their thoughts. 
"The questions will be hosted on the Defra consultation website and will go live on 20 October, accessible through these links: and The deadline for responses will be 18 December 2018. 
"I am sure you will take the time to respond and I look forward to this in due course. In the meantime, I would be grateful if you could also publicise the call for evidence to your network so that anyone with views can contribute. 
"Finally, as you may know, I have asked National Association of AONBs for a repeat of the meeting we had in June at the Defra offices with Chairs and Chief Executives – we hope to set this up early in the New Year so we can have a conversation informed by the call for evidence. 
Yours sincerely, Julian Glover

2018 May: Below is the National Association for AONBs press release about the Designated Landscape Review, and you can view the Terms of Reference for the review here.

AONB Charity welcomes Michael Gove’s plans for a “Green Revolution” and today’s launch of a sweeping review of protected landscapes

NAAONB Chairman, Philip Hygate said: “I really welcome the attention government is paying to the beauty of the English landscape. Defra’s 25 Year Environment Plan makes it clear that Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are highly valued and worthy of investment. What’s more, this is an exciting time to really discover how much designated landscapes can deliver for society, the economy, and nature. Whether it’s the rolling hills and picturesque villages of the Chilterns, the ruggedness of the Cornish coast, or the tranquility of the Dedham Vale, each AONB has something unique to offer the nation. 
Today’s announcement of the launch of the review is equally as welcome. The world has changed significantly since the designation of Gower, the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but our fundamental requirement for beautiful, inspiring places in which to live, work, and relax is probably greater now than ever before. The National Association for AONBs is delighted to support this exciting review and we will work closely with Julian Glover and his review panel to help ensure that all of England’s special landscapes are equally recognised for the value they provide to the nation, and their fundamental importance to future generations. 
We believe that, together, we can achieve the Secretary of State’s vision of a thriving agriculture sector, a healthy rural economy, beautiful landscapes, rich habitats for wild life, a just society and a fair economy”.

Notes: The National Association for AONBs (NAAONB) is a charity that provides a strong collective voice for the UK’s 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). Its objectives are to promote the conservation and enhancement of AONBs, advance the education, understanding and appreciation by the public of AONBs, and promote the efficiency and effectiveness of those promoting or representing AONBs, other Protected Areas and those areas for which designation might be pursued. It does this by taking a collaborative and partnership based approach to working with our membership and other organisations at a national level to achieve shared goals. For more information see Web: Twitter:@naaonb @AONBFamily

Contact for further information: Jill Smith - Communications Manager, National Association for AONBs
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By Cathy Smith on October 23rd, 2018

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