Secretary of State appointments to Cotswolds Conservation Board
Two new Board members are being sought for appointment to the Cotswolds Conservation Board as part of a national recruitment campaign across nine protected landscapes by the Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
The Secretary of State appoints members to reflect the national importance placed on these special landscapes/areas, with responsibility for conservation, recreation, access, land management and resources as well as reflecting both local and national interests.
The appointments to the Conservation Board will commence from April 2013 and are initially for up to four years with the option of re-appointment for a total period of up to 10 years.
The new appointees will have the opportunity to work with other members to help steer and champion the management of the AONB and the Conservation Board so that it delivers a wide-ranging series of benefits throughout the Cotswolds AONB.
The Cotswolds Conservation Board consists of 37 members, 15 of whom are nominated by local councils, eight by parish councils and 14 are appointed by the Secretary of State.
The duties of the Board member include championing the Conservation Board as an effective mechanism for promoting conservation of the area’s natural beauty, increasing public understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities, and maintaining the social and economic well being of local communities.
During the past year, the Board made a number of significant achievements. Among these, it helped secure over £1million of investment in dry stone walls throughout the Cotswolds as part of the National Grid Dry Stone Walling Grant Scheme, and it achieved the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas for the Cotswolds AONB. For further details of the achievements of the Board during 2011/12, visit: www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk/annualreview
The closing dates for receipt of applications is Friday 16 November. Further details and an application pack are available on the Defra website: www.defra.gov.uk/rural/protected/nationally/aonb
Notes to editors:
- The Cotswolds was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966 in recognition of its rich, diverse and high quality landscape.
- The Cotswolds AONB is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation established in 2004 which has 37 members - 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by the Secretary of State.
- The Cotswolds is the second largest protected landscape in England after the Lake District National Park and represents 10% of the total AONB area in the UK. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.
- Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), along with 15 National Parks in the UK, are considered to be the most special landscapes in the country and belong to an international family of protected areas. There are 38 AONBs in England and Wales, and a further eight in Northern Ireland. For further details, visit: www.landscapesforlife.org.uk
15 October 2012