What is an AONB?

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) are some of the UK’s most outstanding and treasured landscapes. With 46 AONBs covering just under 1/5th of the UK, they offer a wealth of opportunities for both people and wildlife to benefit from our countryside.

AONBs are on par with the UK’s National Parks, each AONB is an outstanding landscape whose distinctive character and natural beauty is so precious that it is safeguarded in the national interest.

The Surrey Hills was one of the first landscapes in the country to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1958. The Surrey Hills AONB stretches across rural Surrey, covering a quarter of the county.

The AONB Family

The National Association of AONBs (NAAONB) is the voice of the AONB partnerships and conservation boards and represents the AONB family on national issues including policy and advocacy, communications, training and securing resources. They provide an opportunity for collaborative working between individual AONBs through sharing best practice, ideas and approaches to issues common across AONBs.