A new Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for Wales

The beautiful River Dee © Denbighshire CC

Wales has a new Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) following an announcement on Tuesday 22 November by Environment Minister, John Griffiths.

The Minister has agreed that an area of approximately 230 square kilometres situated in the counties of Wrexham and Denbighshire will be made an AONB. This will result in the boundary of the existing Clwydian Range AONB being significantly extended.

This is first time that Welsh Ministers have made a decision on the designation of an AONB and will result in Wales’ first new Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for 26 years.

Mr Griffiths said: “The natural environment is crucial to the Welsh economy and it is vital it is protected and managed as effectively and efficiently as possible to ensure the best outcomes for Wales. AONB status for this area will help safeguard its natural beauty and promote sustainable development.

“The AONB ‘brand’ may also help to draw in an increased number of tourists to enjoy the area’s natural beauty.”

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