Privacy & Cookie Policy


Every effort has been made to ensure the information contained in this site is accurate. However, the publishers can accept no responsibility for any errors or omissions. This site contains a number of external links the inclusion of which does not signify any endorsement. The North Wessex Downs Area of Natural Beauty (AONB) Unit is not responsible for the contents of such sites, or any links contained within them.

North Wessex Downs Privacy Notice

Who are we?

The North Wessex Downs AONB Partnership is managed by the Council of Partners

which includes elected councillors and officers representing the nine local authorities which make up the designated landscape.  The AONB team which supports the Council of Partners is hosted by Wiltshire Council and the team members are employed by Wiltshire Council. You can read the Wiltshire Council Privacy Notice here.


The North Wessex Downs AONB website does not collect personally identifiable information about individuals except when individuals provide such information on a voluntary basis by completing and submitting one of the forms available on our website. When we do so we are regulated under the General Data Protection Regulation which applies across the European Union and in the United Kingdom and we are responsible as ‘data processors’ of that personal information for the purposes of those laws.

Personally identifiable information collected will only be used for the purpose intended by the individual. We will only hold your personal information for as long as necessary or until you request your information be deleted.

Your personal information may be shared with internal departments or with external partners and agencies involved in delivering services on our behalf.


This site uses cookies which are small, anonymous information files stored on your computer. Some of the cookies set by our website are essential to provide you with certain functions you may need or want on the website. We also use some of this information to learn about the user experience on our website and to improve it where possible. Other cookies may be set by third party services which we include in our website for your convenience. Please note that by disabling or deleting our cookies or disabling future cookies you may not be able to access certain areas or features of our website.

Cookies set by third party websites

Some third-party services we include in our website to improve your experience set their own third-party cookies when you visit a page. These cookies are specific to the third party’s domain, therefore the data held in them can be seen and managed by the third party and not by us. We control if and how we use the third-party service on our website, and how it is presented. We do not have control over the cookies themselves.

We may embed videos from YouTube and news feeds from other websites such as Twitter to enhance the user experience of our websites. These third-party websites place cookies on your device when watching or viewing these pages. Below are links to their cookie policies:

Google privacy policy for YouTube and all its websites

Twitter privacy policy

Online forms including newsletter sign up

In order to provide certain services or activities, we need to be able to collect information from individuals and organisations. We use software provided by Mailchimp to create these online forms for our newsletter sign-up. This company is acting as a data processor for North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and only processes personal information in line with our instructions.

Mailchimp Privacy Policy

Your rights

Your rights are set out in the current Data Protection legislation and include:

  • The right to access your personal information, to request rectification or erasure of certain personal information and to object to processing in certain circumstances.
  • The right to withdraw any consent you may have given to process your personal information.
  • The right to complain to the Information Commissioner if you feel we are processing your personal information unlawfully.
  • The right to restrict processing activity in certain circumstances.
  • The right to object to certain types of processing activity.

Keeping your personal information secure

We have appropriate security measures in place to prevent personal information from being accidentally lost, or used or accessed in an unauthorised way. We limit access to your personal information to those who have a genuine business need to know it. Those processing your information will do so only in an authorised manner and are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

We also have procedures in place to deal with any suspected data security breach. We will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected data security breach where we are legally required to do so.

Who to contact

If you have any queries about data protection then please contact us at

If you require general information about Data Protection, information is available from the Information Commissioner.

You also have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. The supervisory authority in the UK is the Information Commissioner who may be contacted at The Information Commissioner’s Office via their website or write to Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.