Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are some of the most beautiful and cherished landscapes in Britain. They are designated as special landscapes which provide a range of benefits for people and wildlife.
The primary purpose of AONB designation is to conserve and enhance that natural beauty. This is the responsibility of the local authorities covering the AONB.
Each of the 37 AONBs in England is designated for special attention by reason of its high qualities. Natural beauty includes the flora, fauna, historical and cultural associations as well as geological and physical characteristics of the area and the scenic views.
Landscape encompasses everything – both natural and human - that makes an area special, including the places and people who live and work there.