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 Our Work

The primary purpose of AONB designation is to conserve and enhance natural beauty. 

Conserve and enhance

In pursuing the primary purpose account should be taken of the needs of agriculture, forestry and other rural industries and of the economic and social needs of local communities.

Working in partnership

Local communities, landowners, farmers and estate managers look after the 'living landscapes' of the North Pennines. These people have helped mould the landscape for centuries and this continues today. In addition many conservation organisations (eg the AONB Partnership, Natural England, the National Trust and the RSPB) work with landowners, farmers and others to look after and conserve the area's special qualities. In fact everyone, including visitors, who has an interest in the North Pennines has a responsibility to help care for the area. Conservation projects aimed at looking after the North Pennines are guided by the statutory AONB Management Plan.

There are lots of projects and initiatives being run by a variety of organisations which are active within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and UNESCO Global Geopark.

Initiatives and issues

Pages in this part of the website, in particular, highlight initiatives which are either led by, or financially supported by, the North Pennines AONB Partnership.

For more information please contact us on 01388 528801 or email

Spreading 'green hay' on a hay meadow

Excavation at Maiden Way 

Close-up of Soay sheep at Derwent Reservoir 

Blocking grips (drainage channels) on the moorlands