Land within the AONB is managed by a variety of individuals and bodies, ranging from large private estates to small voluntary Trusts. The stewardship of the area lies principally in the hands of these people. The AONB Partnership does not own or manage any land itself. Its role is to provide a broad framework for the care of the area and to support those individuals and organisations that are involved in looking after it.
The Malvern Hills and Commons are owned and managed by the Malvern Hills Conservators – a public body established by Act of Parliament in 1884. The Conservators are required to manage this land for the conservation of wildlife and the enjoyment of the public. You need to contact the Malvern Hills Conservators regarding INCIDENTS, planning EVENTS and in EMERGENCIES. The Malvern Hills Conservators are represented on the AONB’s governing body (the Joint Advisory Committee).
Contact the Malvern Hills Conservators
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The majority of land in the AONB is privately owned. The southern part of the AONB is a land of large estates, dominated by Eastnor, Bromesberrow and Little Malvern. In the north of the AONB land ownership tends to be more fragmented. Private owners carry out invaluable work conserving and enhancing the AONB. Landowners are represented on the AONB’s governing body (the Joint Advisory Committee) by the National Farmers Union and the Country Landowners and Business Association.
Some land in the AONB is owned by voluntary bodies on behalf of their members and the wider population. This includes land at Midsummer Hill which is owned by the National Trust, and the Crews Hills and Knapp and Papermill Nature reserves which are owned by the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. The specific aims of voluntary trusts will vary but their land is often managed for its special landscape, wildlife and/or historical interest.
The Malvern Hills Conservators are the largest public owner of land in the AONB. However, important areas of land are also managed on behalf of the public by a number of other organisations. For example, The Forestry Commission own and manage Frith Wood – a 75 hectare woodland on the edge of Ledbury. St Wulstan’s Local Nature Reserve in Malvern Wells is owned and managed by Worcestershire County Council.