We are delighted to announce that Andy Parsons, Chief Executive of South West Lakes Trust, has recently been appointed to the Cotswolds AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) board.

Six members have recently been appointed for three year terms to the Cotswolds and Chilterns AONB Conservation Boards – the only two conservation boards in the country. The Cotswolds Conservation Board consists of 37 members who are involved in making key decisions that directly affect the Cotswolds AONB.

As an Appointee of the Secretary of State, Andy will help to ensure that the national interest in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is fully taken into account. The purpose of the Conservation Board is to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the AONB and to increase the understanding and enjoyment by the public of the AONB’s special qualities. It is also important that the Board seeks to foster the economic and social wellbeing of the AONB local communities.

Andy said, “since moving to the Cotswolds in 2012, I have grown to treasure the special and unique qualities that this area has to offer – from its fascinating built heritage to its unspoilt open countryside and woodlands. My family and I live in Moreton-in-Marsh, a bustling market town, and we also have very strong links with Chipping Campden – through its schools and various sporting clubs. This is a very exciting time to be joining the Cotswolds Conservation Board, not least with the current review of our National Parks and AONBs, led by Julian Glover, to ensure our designated landscapes are fit for the future. I hope to help the Board rise to the challenges it faces in the years ahead.”