Malvern Hills AONB Covid-19 update

Following the Government’s recent review of coronavirus restrictions, we know that many people will want to visit the Malvern Hills. We also know that being outdoors and experiencing nature has become more important than ever. We are always pleased to welcome visitors, but, like many popular visitor destinations, we’re concerned that more visitors than usual to our popular sites could put you, the landscape and those who live and work in the Malverns at risk.

We’re urging people to think twice about visiting the Malverns and to continue to enjoy the outdoors in your local area instead. If you do decide to travel here please be respectful of our local communities and the local services they rely on.

Most car parks are now open, and please be aware that with stock grazing at the moment you will need to keep any dogs under close control. Take a look at the updated Countryside Code for how to use outdoor spaces respectfully and safely during these challenging times.


The Malvern Hills Trust’s advice on Covid-19 is on their website.


COVID19 – contacting the AONB Unit

Due to new Government guidance, the AONB offices are now closed and team members are working from home. Please contact us by email where possible (see links below). We will be checking our answerphone less frequently than normal so if you do need to contact us by phone, please be aware that it may be a few days before we can reply to you.

AONB Partnership Manager (Paul Esrich) T: 01905 845 057

AONB Partnership Assistant Manager (Job Share) (David Armitage) T: 01905 845 055

AONB Partnership Assistant Manager (Job Share) (Karen Humphries) T: 01905 845 056


In these challenging times we want to remind you that the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is still here to be enjoyed. Please follow Government advice but know the Malvern Hills and surrounding area is here for everyone to help support mental and physical well-being.

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.

To see some of the area we cover, watch our video which showcases the South of the AONB.

Latest news

To celebrate 60 years of the Malvern Hills AONB, 60 trees were planted with help of local landowners: no trees were harmed in the making of this electronic  leaflet for the 60 Trees for 60 Years project.

Barton Ct History

Ever wondered about the house with the bridge to the south of Colwall? It’s Barton Court; a new history of the estate has just been published, written by George Demidowicz, and funded by the AONB. One question remains: where did the C18 owner, Henry Lambert, get all his wealth from?

Annual Review 2019-20

Do take a look at our Annual Review and see what we’ve all achieved together.

Restoring Traditional Orchards in Colwall.

If you have a traditional orchard in Colwall, we’d like to help restore it. Here’s the link for orchard restoration advice and grants and scroll down.

Natural Capital Study

In the future, agricultural grants are likely to be focussed on ‘Natural Capital’. To show what this means on the ground, we’ve done, with the owner , a study of Bromesberrow Estate’s Natural Capital.


A collaborative project, managed by Worcestershire Biological Records Centre and supported by the AONB, which aimed to increase the number of skilled volunteers recording wildlife in the area is now complete. How it all happened is retold in the Report on Finding Rare Species in the Malverns project.

Our latest publication Guidance on Lighting is now available to read. It aims to help advise people on suitable lighting for this magnificent area.

Need help getting a project off the ground? If you’ve got a project that might benefit the Malvern Hills AONB, do email David Armitage or call t: 01905 845005. Click on the following link to see a list of past projects .

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