A splan Plan for the Cornwall AONB

The Cornwall’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership launches its 5 year plan to keep Cornwall special.


The 25 organisations strong, Cornwall AONB Partnership met at the beautiful Porthcurnick beach on the Roseland yesterday to launch the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’s new 2016 -2021 Management Plan.

Led by the Cornwall AONB Unit, the Partnership has spent the past year examining the opportunities and threats facing our finest landscapes. As a result we have proposed a series of measures within the Management Plan that will seek to both protect and enhance the designated AONB over the next 5 years.

AONB Partners celebrate the Management Plan launch at Porthcurnick beach - all images by Emma Coster.

AONB Partners celebrate the Management Plan launch at Porthcurnick beach - all images by Emma Coster.

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB’s) are equivalent to National Parks in terms of their landscape quality, scenic beauty and their planning status. Nearly a third of Cornwall is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Cornwall AONB consists of 12 separate diverse geographical areas ranging from the high, bleak moorlands of Bodmin Moor and West Penwith and the wild rugged cliffs of the north Cornwall coast, to the sheltered estuaries of the Fal and the Helford and quiet secluded country lanes of the Roseland.

The Management Plan review has identified cracks across Cornwall's most celebrated landscape that need attention, in particular a loss of cultural heritage as many of our scheduled ancient monuments fall into ruin, the over intensification of our agriculture that threatens our pollinators and the daily arrival of plastics onto the shores of our beaches, which is running at an epidemic level. The Plan promotes integrated action, projects and initiatives that promote sustainable management of the protected landscape, that better understand the value of natural capital to Cornwall’s business and  society and that support the health and well-being of Cornwall’s communities.

Colette Beckham, AONB Partnerships Manager said, “The AONB is one of Kernow's most prized assets and we should continue to protect and enhance it for both our visitors and residents but more importantly right now for the flora and fauna that we all depend on and the important archaeological sites that make Cornwall so special. This Management Plan strives to do just that”.

To view the Cornwall AONB Management Plan online, check out our Management Plan page.

For further information please contact Colette Beckham on 01872 322610 or cbeckham@cornwall.gov.uk