Glover Review of designated landscapes

As part of the Government's 25-year Plan for the Environment, an independent review of designated landscapes in England (National Parks and AONBs) was led by the journalist Julian Glover, and published in 2019.

The Review praised the current work of the AONB Family and recognised their huge potential to deliver more for nature, climate and people. In January 2022, the Government published its response to this independent Landscapes Review, which will shape our work for years to come. 

The Government’s response was accompanied by a 12-week consultation to seek views on the Government’s proposals.  The Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership, along with the National Association for AONBs submitted views. 

Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership response

view of Church Stretton from the top of the Long Mynd by Phil King

The consultation was an opportunity for people to shape how protected landscapes will deliver benefits for people and nature for years to come.  

Read the Landscapes Review, published in 2019.

Read the Government’s response, published 15th January 2022

Respond to the public consultation, deadline is 9th April 2022

Read press release and blog from the National Association of AONBs, Januray 2022

Read press release from the Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership, January 2022


Julian Glover visited the Shropshire Hills in February 2019.  His 2-day tour included site visits to look at conservation work, planning issues, visitor pressure and awareness raising activities.  He joined a series of meetings to hear views around farming and land management, and about interest in extending the AONB boundary or changing the designation.

Read our response to the Glover Landscapes Review which we submitted in December 2018. 

photograph of Julian Glover's visit to the Shropshire Hills, looking at work in the Clun catchment