Members of staff at the Wye Valley AONB unit work in partnership with local communities, schools and other partner organisations on a range of projects, large and small. These aim to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the area and to increase awareness and appreciation of what makes this area so special.

Latest Initiatives

Wild Venison Marketing Study The ‘Feasibility Study Investigating the Production, Marketing and Sale of local Wild Venison in the Lower Wye Valley and southeast Monmouthshire’ (click here) considers the current situation regarding wild deer managed in and around the Wye Valley AONB, where venison is processed and sold, and how it is marketed. The Deer Initiative undertook the study, interviewing nearly 500 people, and proposing 8 Recommendations.

A466 River Views Feasibility Report (click here to download). The Report surveyed the entire A466 between Monmouth and Chepstow identifying 18 places where consideration could be given to opening up views. 11 existing views were identified along with 12 stretches of road where constraints suggested that works would not be appropriate(see the maps in Appendix 3, pages 62-66 of the Report). For a higher resolution version of the report please contact the Wye Valley AONB Office.

Walking with Offa   A cross border cooperation project between Welsh and English Local Action Groups,
                                 three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a National Park and local authorities
                                 bordering on Offa's Dyke Path National Trail. The Project ran from 2011 - 2014.

mindSCAPE            Reconnecting people living with dementia with the landscape and the natural environment. Led by Artspace Cinderford, the first 4 years of the project, supported by Big Lottery funding, is concluding successfully. mindSCAPE is now progressing as part of the Foresters' Forest Landscape Partnership in local Carehomes.

Youth Rangers        A successful 2 year youth programme now into its four cohort of 14-16 year olds.

Previous projects
Schools and Youth Work - projects involving working with local schools, colleges and youth groups

Conservation Projects - including those undertaken by Wye Valley AONB volunteers

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