The AONB Partnership

The Malvern Hills AONB Partnership brings together representatives from various bodies who have an interest in the AONB.  We work together to conserve and enhance the special qualities of the Malvern Hills AONB.  It is financially supported by DEFRA, Herefordshire Council, Worcestershire County Council, Gloucestershire County Council and Forest of Dean District Council.

A governance structure exists to formalise this joint working and The AONB Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) is the strategic arm of the Partnership. This Committee is made up of representatives of government agencies, local authorities, public bodies and a range of non-governmental organisations.  In particular it has a formal role to play to ensure that the AONB Management Plan is produced, implemented and reviewed.  

There are a number of governance documents which set out the roles and responsibilities of the partners and sets out how the partnership works.  These are regularly reviewed.  The Partnership as a body does not own any land within the AONB, but supports those who do. Visit our Landowners Information page.

In 2010 an Agreement was signed by Natural England and relevant local authorities which set out a shared vision for and commitment to AONB management.

View Partnership structure, roles and membership

Download AONB Partnership Terms of Reference 

Download JAC Constitution

Download Memorandum of Understanding

View Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) Members

View previous JAC minutes

View Steering Group Members

Position Statement on AONB Setting (2019)

The JAC and the Steering Group each meet three times a year to consider a range of AONB business. Meetings are usually held in February, May and September. JAC meetings are organised and minuted by Worcestershire County Council’s Democratic Services Team.


The National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty supports all 46 of the UKs AONBs to value and secure the natural beauty of the countryside.  As a charity, they work with us to promote AONBs and increase the understanding and appreciation of the conservation and enhancement work.