AONB Management Plan 2019-2024

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) are designated by the Government for the purpose of ensuring that the special qualities of the finest landscapes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are conserved and enhanced.

The primary purpose of AONB designation is to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the area.

Local authorities (with responsibilities for AONBs) have a statutory duty to produce these Plans in order to demonstrate how these protected landscapes can be conserved and enhanced. The AONB Partnership then undertakes this process on their behalf.

The Tamar Valley AONB is a hugely important piece of the countryside. There is a Management Plan that sets out how we and our partners will look after the area. With the activities of the local communities, farmers, landowners, businesses and visitors we can help influence, protect and conserve the future of the Tamar Valley AONB.

This Plan forms a revised strategy for the Tamar Valley AONB from 2019–2024. It has been developed through an extensive consultation and review process with a wide range of agencies, organisations and individuals who live and work in the area.

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Tamar Valley AONB Management Plan 2019-2024

Annex 1a: Landscape Character Areas and Special Qualities – Updated March 2019

Annex 1b: Landscape Character Areas and Special Features – Updated March 2019

Annex 1c: Tamar Valley AONB Planning Guidance

State of the AONB 2018/19 Report

Tamar Valley Landscape Character Assessment for the Tamara Landscape Partnership – May 2020

Tamar Valley AONB Management Plan Launch and AONB Forum 2019

Tamar Valley AONB Manager, Tim Dart, outlined how the team will work in partnership to deliver the key priorities of the revised Management Plan over the next 5-years.

This year’s AONB Forum, held to coincide with the launch of the Management Plan 2019-2024, focussed on some of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Sport England supported projects taking part in the Tamar Valley and to introduce the Tamara Landscape Partnership. The day concluded with a visit to the excavations at Calstock cemetery as part of the University of Exeter’s Understanding Landscape project.

Click on the links below to view the presentations and links to projects discussed during the day

 Tamar Valley AONB – Delivering the priorities of the Management Plan – Tim Dart, Tamar Valley AONB Manager – Click here for presentation

Tamara Landscape Partnership – James Luxton, Tamara Landscape Partnership Development Manager

Building Resilience in South West Woodlands – Alison Smith, Plantlife – Click here for presentation

Connecting Actively to Nature – Lisa Alford, Active Devon – Click here for presentation

Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project – Ruth Testa, Project Manager, Devon Wildlife Trust – Click here for presentation

Understanding Landscapes – Chris Smart, University of Exeter