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

New guidance documents out for consultation

Have your say on our two latest draft guidance documents. The two documents that cover lighting and views in development can be found here. If you’d like to offer your views, please email aonb@worcestershire.gov.uk by 4th March.

Management Plan Review

The management plan review is now almost complete. For further information, please click here.

Caroline Enclosures Rediscovered

A new leaflet has just been published about the strange ditches and banks that criss-cross the Malvern Hills.

Click here to see a copy, or collect a paper one from the TICs or Malvern Hills Trust’s reception.

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.

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.