Administratively the Wye Valley AONB is very complex, being the only protected landscape to straddle the border between England and Wales. It covers parts of the three Counties of Herefordshire, Monmouthshire and Gloucestershire, which are each in a different region: the Midlands, Wales and the South West respectively.
Co-ordination of conservation across these political boundaries requires special effort by the AONB Partnership, which is made up of a Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) and the AONB Unit, working with a w ide range of partners, including Government bodies and voluntary organisations.
A Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) has overseen the Wye Valley AONB since 1972. Unlike a National Park Authority the JAC is not a planning authority. The role of the JAC is one of advising and guiding the statutory authorities regarding particular issues within the AONB. While the complex nature of the AONB is an administrative challenge, in practice the JAC has for many years been a strong partnership. This committee meets formally three times per annum along with a winter seminar and late summer study tour. Wherever possible the Joint Advisory Committee seeks the views and involvement of Parish and Community Councils, community groups and local individuals from all walks of life. The Joint Advisory Committee recognises that careful integration of interests is needed to safeguard the AONB for the future.
The National Association for AONBs promotes AONBs as Landscapes for Life with the following Core Messages:-
The 46 AONBs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are nationally protected landscapes cared for by locally accountable partnerships that promote and support effective long term management to keep them special.
AONB partnerships, with dedicated teams
• make things happen, translating vision and national policy into local action,
• work with local communities and value their skills, knowledge and energy,
• provide value for money by securing additional funding, resources and project partners,
• develop innovative approaches to achieve beneficial results through collaboration,
• promote a sustainable rural economy that conserves and enhances the natural environment for the benefit of society.
Esther and Henry Rudge, of Ballingham Court Farm, have been presented with the Wye Valley AONB Farming Award trophy for the third time, at the Monmoouthshire Show.