Calls for Forest of Dean to be made Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The Campaign to Protect Rural England is calling for the Forest of Dean to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The organisation has released an eight-point Manifesto for the Landscape, which calls for government and local action to do more to protect and enhance England's landscapes, National Parks and AONBs, and to consider extending AONB status to the Forest of Dean, Yorkshire Wolds and the Herefordshire Marches.
Charlie Watson, chair of the Gloucestershire branch of CPRE, said: "The Forest of Dean, one of the country's most historic forests is also one of the least protected. AONB status would help protect this stunning landscape that marks the hinterland between England and Wales.
"Natural England has the responsibility for designation and we will continue to press for early action to safeguard this outstanding part of Gloucestershire."
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The CPRE said the area "fully merits" designation and has been a candidate for AONB status since the system of National Parks and AONBs was established after the Second World War. It was nearly designated in 1971 as part of a wider Wye Valley and Forest of Dean AONB, but the Forest of Dean part was left out.