Guidance documents are a key mechanism for influencing management of the AONB and for conserving and enhancing its special qualities. Many different organisations within the area produce guidance in accordance with their own areas of interest. These can be accessed on request. This section of the website contains AONB specific guidance which has been developed through the AONB Partnership.
Permanent pasture accounts for more than 50% of the Malvern Hills AONB. Most of this grassland is farmed and will usually have been fertilised or re-seeded to improve its economic value. This is known as ‘improved’ grassland. Areas that have never been agriculturally improved are defined as ‘unimproved’ grassland and may have been managed traditionally for hundreds of years. This guidance is to help those who manage grass fields which are ‘unimproved’.
When moving to a property, many people inherit one or more fruit trees or even a small orchard, yet may have little idea how to manage them. This guidance is intended to enable you to look after your garden fruit tree, be it a single apple tree or part of a small orchard.
The Malvern Hills AONB Partnership is supportive of small scale renewable energy schemes which do not impact negatively on the AONB. These notes provide a simple guide as to how people can reduce the impact of renewable energy technologies on landscape, biodiversity and the historic environment. This guidance has no formal status.
Keeping horses for business and leisure purposes is on the increase in the Malvern Hills AONB. This guidance document is for horse owners and land managers and provides useful tips on a range of issues such as pasture management, fencing and planning permission. The purpose of the document is to ensure that horses have a positive impact on the landscape of the AONB.
The AONB Unit and local Highway Authorities have worked together to develop a Highway Design guide for the AONB. The aim of the guidance is to make sure that the road signs and markings around the AONB are clear and fit for purpose in preventing accidents, whilst respecting the special character of the AONB.
The Views from and towards the Malvern Hills can be spectacular and are highly valued by those who use the area. The aim of this guidance is to help people identify and grade the importance of views and associated viewpoints around the AONB. It can be used to help make a judgement about how a proposed development or change in land use will alter views.
Download the guidance on Identifying and Grading Views and Viewpoints
Download the consultation summary for this work
Download proforma: Grading viewpoints and views from the Malvern Hills
Download proforma: Grading viewpoints and views towards the Malvern Hills
Following on from the Guidance on Identifying and Grading Views and Viewpoints the aim of this guidance is to help conserve and, where possible, enhance views, both to and from the AONB. It sets out a number of principles which should be considered by those involved in planning new developments.
Landscapes are dynamic. Changes in the landscapes of the Malvern Hills AONB are inevitable but such changes need to managed to ensure that valued characteristics are maintained into the future. This document provides direction and guidance on how the different landscapes of the Malvern Hills AONB can be managed in order to obtain optimum character, condition and sustainability.
The purpose of this document is to provide direction and guidance on how new development can make a positive contribution to the natural beauty of the AONB.
The purpose of this document is to provide direction and guidance on how colour can help new development fit with the special landscape of the AONB and contribute to the local distinctiveness of the area.