The Surrey Hills Management Plan is one of a national family of Plans. There are 34 National Landscapes (previously AONBs) in England, covering 15% of the land area, and a further 4 in Wales and 8 in Northern Ireland. National Landscapes are designated by Government for the purpose of ensuring that the special qualities of our finest landscapes are conserved and enhanced.
The Management Plan is the only document with a focus on the whole of the National Landscape and the only one that is primarily focused on the purpose of National Landscape (previously AONB) designation, which is the conservation and enhancement of natural beauty.
The purpose of the National Landscape (previously AONB) designation is to conserve the natural beauty of the landscape. The vision for the Surrey Hills recognises that the landscape will change but it needs to ensure that it changes in a way that conserves and enhances its special qualities. In doing so, it also needs to maintain the social and economic viability of the Surrey Hills in a sustainable manner.
“The Surrey Hills National Landscape is recognised as a national asset in which its natural and cultural resources are managed in an attractive landscape mosaic of farmland, woodland, heaths, downs and commons. It provides opportunities for business enterprise and for all to enjoy and appreciate its natural beauty for their health and wellbeing.”