AHNE Bryniau Clwyd / Clwydian Range AONB

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Plans and strategies

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are regarded as some of Britain’s most treasured landscapes. Along with the National Parks they represent our finest tracts of countryside.

A new era for these areas dawned when the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 established a new framework for their management and protection.

The Clwydian Range Management Plan 2009-14 sets out the path to better and more focused management of our AONB.  It identifies those features that make the landscape special, from nationally important wildlife habitats to historic monuments, and sets a clear agenda for investment in them. 

But this detailed five-year plan also recognises the landscape owes just as much to the communities living, working and enjoying leisure time in the area as to its physical features. 

It recognises the array of benefits and services the landscape provides for us, essential in our daily lives, and the delicate eco-systems that hold this complex network together.

Only with the engagement of all those concerned, the local communities, farmers landowners, visitors and public bodies, have we been able to agree a vision for the future of the AONB. 

Although the management plan will be in force until 2014, the Clwydian Range AONB was extended to include much of the Dee Valley in 2011.

The next plan will of course include the 389 square kilometres of this newly designated landscape. In the meantime an Interim Management Statement, based on the findings of a Pathfinder Project by the Countryside Council for Wales, will act as an addendum to the current plan.

 

Interim Statement

Interim Statement

This statement acts as an addendum to the existing Clwydian Range AONB Management Plan. It identifies the special qualities and features of the extension area but does not set out a full management response to the issues that impact upon them.

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Clwydian Range Management Plan 2009-14

Clwydian Range Management Plan 2009-14

The first statutory Management Plan for the Clwydian Range, published in 2004, for the first time, through consultation with local communities and land managers, clearly identified what makes the area special and set a clear agenda for investment in these special qualities and features. This plan builds on that work and looks to strengthen the partnerships needed to ensure lasting and effective change.

This plan also recognises the array of benefits and services the landscape provides for us, essential in our daily lives, and the delicate eco-systems that hold this complex network together. Understanding the contribution the landscape has to make to our economic, social and environmental well being is fundamental to investing in its future.

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Tourism strategy

Tourism strategy

This provides a framework for developing sustainable tourism in the AONB – taking full account of the need to conserve the area’s special environment and heritage and maintain the quality of life of local communities.

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