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   pesrich@worcestershire.gov.uk

AONB Partnership Assistant Manager (Job Share) (David Armitage) T: 01905 845 055  darmitage@worcestershire.gov.uk

AONB Partnership Assistant Manager (Job Share) (Karen Humphries) T: 01905 845 056  khumphries@worcestershire.gov.uk

 

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

New Job in the Malvern Hills AONB: if you know about farming and conservation and would like to work with the AONB team, take a look at this job description. We’d like to hear from you by the 21st June.

Facilitation Fund to run till March 2022. We’ve just been granted a funding extension from Defra to keep this landowner collaboration project running: take a look the the Facilitation Fund page to see what’s happened so far

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.

 

 

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