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Forest of Dean could become Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Posted on 24th November 2015

A group of campaigners are looking for the Forest of Dean to be declared an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Bluebell Wood

Local councillors and Lydney Town Council have backed the Campaign for Rural England’s bid to give Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty status to the Forest of Dean.

Local councillor Alan Preest, who is backing the campaign, told the Gloucester Citizen, “The Wye Valley has [AONB status], why doesn’t the Forest? We’re more unique than that.”

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is an outstanding landscape that has a distinctive character and natural beauty that is so precious and important that it is in the UK’s interest to safeguard it.

Should the campaign get the green light, the region is expected see a rise in the number of visitors to the area, which is great news for holiday cottage providers in the Forest of Dean.

In total there are 33 AONBs currently in England, four in Wales, one crossing the Welsh/English border and eight in Northern Ireland.

Image Credit: Stewart Black (flickr.com)