North Pennines AONB Partnership

What we do

The North Pennines AONB team works with others take action to conserve and enhance this special place. Our priorities are

  • nature recovery – we are committed to working with farmers, land managers, conservation organisations and communities to protect what remains and restore what has been lost
  • helping people make an emotional connection with nature – as well as helping people to understand more about our natural heritage, we know that people who make an emotional connection with nature go on to take action for conservation

For more information about the work that we do, please click on the topics below.

  • The AONB Partnership and staff team

    The AONB Partnership and staff team

    The North Pennines AONB Partnership is an alliance of statutory agencies, local authorities and voluntary or community organisations which care about, and for, the area. ...

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  • Management Plan

    Management Plan

    The area’s five local authorities (Durham, Cumbria and Northumberland County Councils, Eden District Council and Carlisle City Council) have a duty under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act (2000) to act jointly to produce an AONB Management...

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  • Top 10 conservation priorities

    Top 10 conservation priorities

    The North Pennines AONB Management Plan (2019-2024) sets out ten priorities for conservation in the AONB. ...

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  • Peatland restoration

    Peatland restoration

    Our peatland restoration programme aims to conserve and enhance the internationally important peatland resource within the North Pennines and to promote peatland conservation at local, national and international levels....

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  • Geodiversity


    The AONB Partnership works to make the most of the North Pennines’ stunning landscape and world-class geological heritage through interpretation, education, conservation and nature-based tourism....

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  • Citizen science

    Citizen science

    The North Pennines AONB Partnership’s Cold-blooded and Spineless project, launched in 2015, has generated over 6,000 records of invertebrates. This is a remarkable effort by the project’s many volunteers, providing data where little existed...

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  • The farmed landscape

    The farmed landscape

    The farmed landscape, and our farming community, is the frontline of efforts to reverse the declines in biodiversity....

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  • Dark skies

    Dark skies

    The North Pennines has some of the darkest skies in the country where you can see 1000s of stars on clear nights, so it’s the perfect place for stargazing....

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  • Historic environment

    Historic environment

    The historic environment of the North Pennines AONB and UNESCO Global Geopark has much to offer the local economy, as well as being of great social and spiritual value to local people and visitors alike....

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  • Responsible tourism

    Responsible tourism

    Tourism in the North Pennines is based on the area’s natural assets or special qualities...

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  • Fellfoot Forward

    Fellfoot Forward

    Led by the North Pennines AONB Partnership, Fellfoot Forward is being developed with local communities and organisations. The work will forge creative connections between people and landscape, conserve habitats and key species and celebrate this...

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  • Trees and woodlands

    Trees and woodlands

    The North Pennines AONB Management Plan for 2019 to 2024 outlines a number of actions on trees and woodlands:...

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  • Tees-Swale: naturally connected

    Tees-Swale: naturally connected

    The North Pennines AONB Partnership and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority are working with partner organisations to develop a major natural heritage project that focuses on the landscape and communities of Upper Teesdale and Upper...

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  • Volunteering


    There are opportunities for volunteering through many of the North Pennines AONB Partnership's projects....

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  • Allen Valleys Landscape Partnership

    Allen Valleys Landscape Partnership

    In April 2014, the North Pennines AONB Partnership was awarded a £1.7 million grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the culmination of several years of work with the Allen Valleys community. This was awarded as part of a £2.7 million Landscape...

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  • Planning and development

    Planning and development

    A key role of the North Pennines AONB Partnership is to promote new development that conserves and enhances the natural beauty of the North Pennines while accommodating the needs of its communities....

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