Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Trust

The protected landscape covers 1/3 of Cornwall. There is a need to do more to help communities, the environment, landscape and seascape, nature recovery and climate crisis we are facing.

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We need your support

Your support is vital to the work of the Trust, helping us to raise awareness of Cornwall’s protected landscape and to support great practical projects to conserve and enhance the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Help conserve Cornwall’s natural treasures

When you donate to the Cornwall AONB Trust, you’re not just a donor—you become an essential part of a community dedicated to the conservation and enhancement of Cornwall’s awe-inspiring landscapes. Your financial contribution goes directly to caring for the protected landscape, primarily by supporting local projects via our Environmental Landscape Fund.

Become a business supporter

Your support is vital to the work of the Trust, helping us to raise awareness of Cornwall’s protected landscape and to facilitate the regeneration of the landscape in ways that benefit the environment and local communities.

Find out more

By donating YOU help us to…

Discover how your generous donation directly contributes to conservation efforts, community wellbeing, educational outreach, and the proactive management of Cornwall’s protected landscape.

Empower individuals to conserve and enhance the landscape.

Inspire visitors to care for the beautiful landscape.

Provide vital funds to ensure the resilience of Cornwall National Landscape.

Increase access for all to the protected landscape.

The Trust

Meet the dedicated team behind the Cornwall AONB Trust, all passionate about conserving and enhancing our beautiful Cornish landscapes.

Board of trustees

Meet our Board of Trustees, the guiding force behind our conservation and community efforts in the protected landscape

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Hugh St Aubyn

Chair

Hugh St Aubyn, MBA, has grown up on one of Cornwall’s most iconic locations, St Michael’s Mount, immersed at the heart of the west Cornish landscape, surrounded by Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Perhaps it’s no surprise that he’s built a career that focuses on looking after our environment. Hugh is a Sustainability and Social Impact Consultant with more than 10 years’ experience. In his role as Sustainability & CSR Consultant at St Aubyn’s Estates (a family-owned business operating in tourism, hospitality, property, land management and agricultural sectors) he’s designed and embedded the sustainability strategy, successfully installing an Environmental Management System across 5 businesses, achieving the Green Dragon Level 4 Award. Hugh is Chairperson of Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Trust (AONB). He’s also served as Sustainability Research Consultant at University of Exeter, researching multi-stakeholder initiative approaches in addressing pollinator decline. Hugh holds an MBA in Sustainability and Ethical Business from University of Exeter, an MA in Psychotherapy from Regents University and a BA in Religion and Anthropology from SOAS, University of London. When not at his desk, Hugh enjoys running, Pilates and studying developments on regenerative thinking.

Deborah Boden

Trustee

Deborah Boden is the former Co-ordinator for the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site. Now a consultant advising on protected landscape management and investment for environmental growth, she is also chair of the World Heritage UK Climate Emergency group. Deborah oversaw the management of the largest industrial landscape World Heritage Site in the UK for 18 years. After steering the team that achieved the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site’s inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2006, in the fifteen years following, Deborah’s work ensured that the WHS status delivered an impressive range of social and economic benefits, including attracting over £90m in capital investment for the sensitive management of this internationally important historic environment. Prior to her move to Cornwall, she worked in the museums sector, leading cultural development organisations in Leicestershire and Essex before taking on leadership of Museums and Art Galleries, including the Archaeology service and Bristol and Region Environmental Record Centre (BRERC), for Bristol City Council.

Gitty Ankers

Trustee

Gitty has a degree in Public Health Engineering from Tehran University and has settled in England since 1979, after gaining an M.Sc. in Occupational Medicine from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. After working for Cornwall Council, she transferred to the Environment Agency (EA) in 1996 where she worked till June 2020. Gitty has 37 years’ of experience and has a broad knowledge of environmental issues including Climate Change, Pollution Prevention, Sustainability, Resource Management, Environmental Legislation, Environmental Impact Assessments, Land Remediation and Management, Environmental Management Systems, Habitat Creation and Enhancement and Water Management. Gitty was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s Birthday 2010 Honours List “For services to the Recycling and Waste Industries in Cornwall”. As part of International Women’s Day in 2018, 2019 and 2020 Gitty was cited in the press as one of 60 inspirational and remarkable women who have made major contributions to Cornwall. She has worked closely with a range of Government Departments on both preventing and responding to the climate emergency and brings a focus on how we put people at the heart of that thinking. Gitty combines extensive regulatory experience with the ability to think creatively and strategically about the future and to engage others on that journey. She is very effective at networking and bringing people from all walks of life together.

Ex-officio

Introducing members, who provide valuable expertise and guidance to support our mission.

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Gill Pipkin

Cornwall National Landscapes Partnership Chair

With leadership experience in various sectors, I focus on empowering teams and setting clear strategies for success. My diverse career, from healthcare to charity leadership in Cornwall, equips me with a broad skill set for problem-solving. I’m a firm believer in continuous learning, coaching, and the uplifting power of a positive work environment.

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Emma Browning

Partnership Manager

Experienced Environment Manager. Skilled in Environmental Compliance, Coaching, Ecological Assessment, Presentation Skills, and Environmental Auditing. Strong operations professional with a Bachelor of Science - BS focused in Physical Geography from The University of Sheffield.

Become a business Supporter

By becoming a business supporter of the Cornwall AONB Trust, you elevate your position within the community. Your corporate and social responsibility better leveraged through meaningful contributions to environmental conservation and community well-being. In return, enjoy heightened brand visibility across our various platforms and tap into our expert network for valuable insights in sustainable practices and community development. Together we can take care of the landscape and environment for a more sustainable future.

We offer grant funding to conserve and enhance our protected landscape in Cornwall

The Environment Landscape Fund has been set up to enable local organisations, communities, individuals and businesses to deliver projects that support the policies, aims and objectives of the Cornwall National Landscape.

We can only achieve great things with your support

Help conserve Cornwall’s natural treasures

When you donate to the Cornwall AONB Trust, you’re not just a donor—you become an essential part of a community dedicated to the conservation and enhancement of Cornwall’s most special landscapes. Your financial contribution goes directly to caring for the protected landscape, primarily by supporting local projects via our Environmental Landscape Fund.

We Can’t Do It Without You

Donate

Become a business supporter

Your support is vital to the work of the Trust, helping us to raise awareness of Cornwall’s protected landscape and to facilitate the regeneration of the landscape in ways that benefit the environment and local communities.

Find out more
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