Malvern Hills AONB Nature Recovery Plan

Thank you to everyone who has helped construct the Partnership’s Nature recovery Plan. We have now published the Plan and a Log of the Responses.

Farming in Protected Landscapes Grant

We are pleased to announce that we are running a programme of grants for owners of land within the Malvern Hills AONB. For more information, please go to our dedicated Farming in Protected Landscapes page.

Malvern Hills AONB Team’s Contact details:

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

Farming In Protected Landscapes Officer (Sash Warden): T: 01905 844686

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

Poetry Walks

We’ve joined with the Ledbury Poetry Festival this year to bring you 3 walks with authors and poets connected to the landscape: and they are Prof. Fiona Stafford, Peter Sutton, and Catherine Swire.

Annual Review: see what the AONB Partnership has been up to in 20-21 in our latest Annual Review.


The Malverns through Different Eyes: we grant aided a video from Reaction Theatre that takes a different view point about the outdoors in lockdown: watch and think.

Plant a tree for the Jubilee. The Queen’s Platinum (70yrs) Jubilee is in 2022. The Queen’s Green Canopy  has been launched to plant trees to celebrate the occasion. Take a look at the website and if you’re within the Malvern Hills AONB, get in touch; we maybe able to help.

Need help getting a project off the ground? If you’ve got a project that might benefit the Malvern Hills AONB, do email Karen Humphries or call t: 01905 845056. Click on the following link to see a list of past projects .

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.