Glover Review of designated landscapes

In 2018, the government announced an independent review of designated landscapes in England (National Parks and AONBs) to be led by the journalist Julian Glover.

This is part of the Government's 25-year Plan for the Environment.  The Glover Review reported in September 2019, and included a case study about our work with young people through the John Muir Award.

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I want to this review to be a collaborative process, drawing on the expertise that exists in those with a passion for those special places.

Julian Glover visits the Clun Catchment to dicuss issues

Julian visited the Shropshire Hills in February 2019.  His 2-day tour included site visits to look at conservation work, planning issues, visitor pressure and awareness raising activities.  He also joined a series of meetings to hear views around farming and land management, and about interest in extending the AONB boundary or changing the designation.

Click below to download the AONB Partnership response to the Glover Review:

Response to the Glover Review


The main topics for the Review were:

  • The existing statutory purposes for National Parks and AONBs and how effectively they are being met
  • The alignment of these purposes with the goals set out in the 25-Year Plan for the Environment
  • The case for extension or creation of new designated areas
  • How to improve individual and collective governance of National Parks and AONBs, and how that governance interacts with other national assets
  • The financing of National Parks and AONBs
  • How to enhance the environment and biodiversity in existing designations
  • How to build on the existing eight-point plan for National Parks and to connect more people with the natural environment from all sections of society and improve health and wellbeing
  • How well National Parks and AONBs support communities.