Living here in South Shropshire most of us know what an AONB is. Or at least I hope we do. But that’s not true elsewhere, even when the name is spelt out in full as “area of outstanding natural beauty”. And in my experience, not that many people know how an AONB stands operates or protects the landscape, even when the name is spelt out.
But almost everyone knows what a national park is. Almost everyone knows they are the nation’s most cherished landscapes.
The government is suggesting that it might create more national parks. So why don’t we grab the opportunity? I think it could be time to designate much of south Shropshire as a national park.