Cornwall's Nationally Protected Landscape

Separated into 12 Sections

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Community Groups

We've curated our content for community groups, find out more.

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Farmer & Land Managers

Are you farming in the protected landscape?

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Partners & Stakeholders

Positioned for partners and strategic organisations.

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Visitors & Tourism

For day trippers, local explorers and tourism businesses.

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Cornwall AONB Trust

The Cornish charity caring for the landscape and environment.

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Latest Announcements

Planning Officer Vacancy

Under the leadership of the Partnership Manager, Cornwall National Landscape (AONB) are seeking a highly motivated and organised planning professional with landscape expertise to take on the role of part time Planning Officer. Sensitive planning and development within the National Landscape is key to the enhancement and long-term protection of the high-quality landscapes of the 12 Sections.

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National Walking Month this May

Celebrate National Walking Month this May by joining one of the Monumental Improvement's Guided Heritage Walks at historic monuments such as Iron Age cliff castles and Bronze Age burial mounds!

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Order '12 Stories for 12 Sections'

Grab a copy of our first book, ‘Twelve Stories for Twelve Sections’, An Anthology of short fiction inspired by Cornwall's protected landscape. The illustrated, first edition hardback, includes decorative postcard and free shipping. These beautifully illustrated stories have been inspired by Cornwall’s culture and heritage, but there is one source of inspiration that arguably sits above all others – the Cornish landscape.

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Photography Competition

Our Photography Competition is open! Celebrating People & Place. There are three categories and some incredible prizes to be won, including a £500 voucher from Classic Cottages!

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We are Cornwall National Landscape

Cornwall National Landscape is the new name for the protected landscape in Cornwall, endorsed by Natural England. We are still in law a designated area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB). Cornwall National Landscape is 12 separate sections making up one third of Cornwall and our primary purpose remains to conserve and enhance Natural Beauty.

Cornwall is a beautiful part of the world, with a world-renowned coastline, a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation, and a host of natural and heritage features that make it unique and such a draw for visitors and residents alike. National Landscapes are protected landscapes whose distinctive character and natural beauty are so outstanding that it is in the nation’s interest to safeguard them. As such they have been nationally designated by the same legislation as National Parks and have the same status and level of protection.

Cornwall National Landscape is unique, it is the only protected landscape that has 12 separate sections totalling almost a third of Cornwall – an area bigger than Dartmoor National Park.

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Our Focus

Our Primary Purpose is to conserve and enhance Natural Beauty.

Our priority is to lead and support projects which deliver under these four key priorities.

benefit to people

People

Communities in the Cornwall National Landscape live entirely outside the main towns, within villages, hamlets and scattered farmsteads, dispersed throughout the landscape. It’s a mixed picture with areas of extreme wealth and also extreme deprivation.

benefit to place

Place

The beauty and character of the protected landscape is primarily owed to the stewardship of generations of farmers and landowners. It is essential to appreciate, understand and value its unique and diverse character and reinvest in this precious resource in order to continue to conserve and enhance it for future generations.

benefit to nature

Nature

Set against a backdrop of unprecedented concern for the future of the natural world and ecological crisis the current global response to the effects of human impact on nature is insufficient. The ‘richest’ sites for wildlife are too few, too small, too degraded and too disconnected. Nature Recovery must take place to restore and reverse this ecological decline.

benefit to climate

Climate

The climate emergency is the defining challenge of our time. In January 2019, Cornwall Council declared a climate emergency, recognising the need for urgent action to address the climate crisis. Climate change also poses threats to Cornwall National Landscape's cultural heritage and heritage assets, including historic landscape and seascape.

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1 Designated Protected Landscape

Separated into 12 sections

Section 01

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Section 02

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Section 03

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Section 04

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Section 05

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Section 06

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Section 07

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Section 08

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Section 09

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Section 10

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Section 11

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Section 12

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It's all part of the plan

A shared strategy for those who live, work and visit the Cornwall National Landscape. It provides guidance to help Government, statutory organisations and any public body to ensure they are fulfilling their Section 85* duty to ‘have regard to the purpose of conserving and enhancing the natural beauty’ of the protected landscape.

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