Membership applications 2023

Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership membership applications 2023

Thank you for your interest in joining the AONB Partnership.  This is an exciting time for us – the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty designation is being strengthened through legal changes and from November they will become known as National Landscapes.  The new branding will also help to strengthen the collective identity of AONBs (there are 38 in England and Wales) and make them more relevant to a wider cross-section of society.

The Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership brings together statutory and local organisations along with community representatives in an influential coalition.  The Partnership has 36 members and advises the two local authorities on how to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Shropshire Hills, while taking into account social and economic needs and promoting sustainability. 

In these next two years the Partnership will oversee the review of the AONB Management Plan and production of a new plan for 2025-30.  The scope of the plan includes nature recovery, sustainable land management and agricultural transition, action on climate change and resilience, land use planning to protect the landscape while meeting economic needs, health and wellbeing, sustainable tourism, and community involvement.  Can you contribute on any of these topics?

The local authorities have legal responsibilities and powers to take action for the AONB.  The Partnership is advisory so it is different to a free-standing entity such as a trust or company.  Sub-groups of the Partnership also advise on the AONB staff team’s work and focus on particular topics. 

The emphasis is on collaboration, finding common ground and raising understanding.

Applicants must show their interest in the AONB and willingness to participate constructively in its management.  The term of membership for individuals and Parish/Town Council representatives is two years, for organisations it is open-ended.

There is no application form - we just need to receive an email with your name (and organisation if relevant) and 150 – 200 words about why you want to be a Partnership member and what skills, experience and perspectives you could bring to it. 

Please read the Partnership’s Terms of Reference and relate your application to these.  For an informal conversation please call 01743 254741. 

Please send your email to shropshirehillsaonb@shropshire.gov.uk by 26th September 2023.

Applicants will be invited to an informal meeting in October where they can meet members of the Partnership and staff team, and will be asked to speak briefly about why they want to be members and what they can bring.  This is intended also as an opportunity for new applicants to find out more about the Partnership and its work.