The special and distinctive landscapes protected by the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty designation are safeguarded for the nation. England, Wales and Northern Ireland has 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, covering 18% of the countryside, over a fifth of the English coast, and including 12,000 miles of footpaths and bridleways. This protection is not just for the landscape, but includes valuable wildlife, habitats, geology and cultural heritage as well as scenic views.
The AONB Partnerships work together as the AONB Family through their National Association, to share learning, good practice and cooperation to maintain and conserve their local areas for future generations to enjoy. The North Devon Coast AONB is an active member of the National Association.
Once a year the AONB Family gathers together in celebration of the UK’s outstanding landscapes. We call it Landscapes for Life Week, because we’re committed to our iconic national landscapes forever. Landscapes for Life Week is the AONB Family’s week (and a bit) long programme of events, that takes place every September, to help people reconnect with nature by enjoying and being inspired by the UK’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs).
Every July the National Assoication host an annual Landscape for Life Conference to give AONBs and other organsiations the opportunity to meet, network and present current work streams and projects.
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