We are fortunate to live in or near to the Shotley Penisula and enjoy its delightful countryside.
The Stour and Orwell Society, set up in 2007, aims to preserve and enhance this Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty (AONB) working with local communities and the appropriate authorites.
An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a landscape which is considered so precious that it is protected for the nation.
Royal Hospital School, Stutton.
The criteria for designating an AONB include valuable wildlife, habitats, geology and heritage, as well as scenic views.
There are 40 AONBs in England and Wales. AONBs have existed since 1949.
The natural fabric of these important places is fragile, so the primary purpose of all AONBs is to conserve and enhance the landscape.
The care of AONBs is entrusted to the local authorities, organisations, community groups and the people who live and work within them.