The Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NAAONB)

Lincolnshire Wolds

The Lincolnshire Wolds is a nationally important and cherished landscape, much of which was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1973 on account of its high scenic beauty.  In 1949 it was decided that unspoilt areas of the countryside should be protected for future generations as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs).  In 2000 the importance of AONBs was re-emphasised, acknowledging that they, with the National Parks, form Britain's finest countryside.  Today there are 46 AONBs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

The Lincolnshire Wolds lie in the north-eastern quarter of the county of Lincolnshire, mid-way between Lincoln and the coast, surrounded by the relatively flat fens, coastal marsh and the Lincoln Clay Vale. The AONB comprises an area of 558 km² (216 miles²), while the wider Lincolnshire Wolds Character/Natural Area incorporates the two neighbouring areas of the 'Spilsby Crescent' to the south and the remaining chalk uplands to the north.

Wolds near Goulceby copyright Nev Gurnhill

The National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NAAONB) was formed in 1998 as an independent organisation to act on behalf of AONBs in England and Wales.
 
The Association is administered by a Management Board and holds an Annual Conference, which provides an opportunity for those working in AONBs to join together and address issues of current concern.
 
The Association also works through Joint Accords with the Association of National Park Authorities and other major organisations to establish agreements over issues which directly affect the work of AONBs.
 
You can find out about them by visiting the National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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