Welcome to the Malvern Hills AONB

Welcome to the website for the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The area is famed for its dramatic hills and for the pure spring water that flows from them, but it offers so much more besides. A rich cultural heritage of forts, castles and priories stands proudly from this landscape of ancient woodland, rolling pastures and wild, open commons. The geology of the AONB is varied and fascinating and the area is home to a diversity of locally and nationally important wildlife.

The AONB designation signifies that the natural beauty of this area is of national importance. As such, a Partnership of local and national interests works together to conserve and enhance the area through the implementation of a five year AONB Management Plan. The Malvern Hills AONB is one of a family of 46 similarly designated areas across the United Kingdom.

If you'd like to see the area - here's a short video showcasing the Southern AONB.

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Latest news

Light to the World from Dog Poo

Our Sustainable Development Fund gave a grant to Brian Harper of Site Designs, who worked with Methanogen to develop a biodigester for dog poo; it lights a gas lamp.  Designed to highlight the problem of what dog owners leave behind from their dog’s behinds, The Guardian wrote an article about it (see here). And now the interest has gone world wide, from America to Australia.

Got a project idea?

If you’ve got a project that might benefit the Malvern Hills AONB, do contact David Armitage (darmitage@worcestershire.gov.uk) t: 01684 560616 about it. Early applications will be considered in April 2018.

Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project Extension

Good news for local orchards: the Heritage Lottery Fund has kindly and wisely extended our orchard project for another growing season up to December 2018.

Natural Capital in the AONB

The first ever study into the Natural Capital of the Malvern Hills AONB has just been completed. It identifies the Natural Capital assets of the area, summarises how they benefit society and compares the benefits of one type of asset with another. The report can be found here.

Highway verges management pilot project

The Malvern Hills AONB Unit and Worcestershire Highways have commenced a verge management pilot project in part of the Malvern Hills AONB. Further information can be found here.