Invitation to apply to be on the AONB Partnership

Do you care about the landscape of the Shropshire Hills?

Do you have time and skills to contribute?

The Shropshire Hills is one of 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK – nationally important landscapes which provide huge public benefits including to the economy and people’s wellbeing.  The AONB extends from the Stiperstones to the Clee Hills and from the Wrekin to the Clun Forest, covering 23% of Shropshire and a small part of Telford & Wrekin.

The Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership is a ‘joint advisory committee’ established by the two local authorities to fulfil the purpose of the AONB designation.  This is to ‘conserve and enhance natural beauty’, while also taking account of the needs of agriculture and forestry and the economic and social needs of local communities, as well as promoting sustainable development and meeting the demand for recreation.

The Partnership has 36 members and meets three times a year, to guide implementation of the AONB Management Plan and to advise on major issues affecting the area.  The Partnership also has a sub-committee to oversee the AONB Team’s work, and a number of area and topic groups.  The emphasis is on collaboration, finding common ground and raising understanding.

A national review of designated landscapes has recently praised AONB organisations for what they are achieving in partnership, but is recommending to government that they be given additional influence and resources and must do more for nature recovery.  We are looking to raise our game to respond to the environment and climate emergency facing us – can you help?

Applications for membership of the AONB Partnership are now invited from individuals, from organisations and from members of Parish and Town Councils coming into the AONB.  Applicants must show their interest in the AONB and willingness to participate constructively in its management.  Membership is unpaid.

For further information and an application form, please contact 01743 254740 or email shropshirehillsaonb@shropshire.gov.uk

The closing date for applications is Sunday 15th September 2019.