Land Management Guidance

Given the special qualities of the landscape here, it is important that it is well looked after and managed in the most appropriate way.  We have developed a range of guidance focusing on different land management types so that landowners know how best to nurture them.

Managing Unimproved Grassland

More than half of the Malvern Hills AONB is made up of permanent pasture. 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 classed as ‘unimproved’ grassland and may have been managed traditionally for hundreds of years. This guidance is for those who manage grass fields which are ‘unimproved’.

Download the guidance on managing unimproved grassland.

Managing Traditional Larger Orchards.

The Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project has ended , but the website lives on and has practical advice on how to create and manage traditional orchards.

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Managing garden orchards and fruit trees

When moving to a property, many people inherit one or more fruit trees or even a small orchard, yet may not know how best 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.

Download the guidance on garden orchard and fruit tree management.

Renewable Energy Technologies (Small Scale)

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.

Download the solar energy guidance
Download the wind energy guidance
Download the heat pumps guidance

Keeping Horses in the Landscape

Keeping horses for business and leisure purposes is on the increase in the Malvern Hills AONB. This guidance 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 area.

Download the guidance on Keeping Horses in the Landscape
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