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Northumberland Coast Area of Oustanding Beauty

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is exactly what it says it is: an outstanding landscape whose distinctive character and natural beauty are so precious that it is in the nation's interest to safeguard them.

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a statutory designation established by the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949. Together with National Parks, AONBs represent the nation's finest landscapes. The primary purpose of the AONB designation is to conserve and enhance natural beauty.

The Northumberland Coast was designated as an AONB in 1958, covering an area of 138 sq km along 64km of the coastline between Berwick-upon-Tweed and the Coquet Estuary.

Northumberland County Council has a statutory duty to ensure that the natural beauty of the Northumberland coast is conserved and enhanced and to prepare a management plan setting how the council's policies for the management of the AONB.

To assist the council in the conservation and enhancement of the Northumberland Coast AONB, the Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership was formed in 2003. Comprising of local people, representatives of statutory agencies and interest groups, the Partnership guides the policies of the council and the work of the staff team.

The role of the Partnership is to pursue and champion the purposes of designation of the Northumberland Coast AONB and to assist in the delivery of the partners' statutory duties and other management aspirations in respect of the AONB.

I am excited to be working with our local young people to help encourage a passion for conservation

Anna Chouler
Project Assistant (Volunteer Engagement and Communication)

Northumberland Wildlife Trust

Northumberland Wildlife Trust is a charity dedicated to protecting wildlife and habitats within Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle and educating people about nature conservation. Part of the wider family of 47 Wildlife Trusts in the UK, we manage over 60 local nature reserves and work in partnership with landowners, companies, local authorities, local communities, schools and other organisations to restore, recreate and re-connect the landscape across the North East, allowing wildlife to move freely and thrive. An equally important part of our work is to inform and engage people across all age groups about nature through a comprehensive programme of events, activities and resources.

We have 12,000 members, 50 staff and about 350 volunteers. Each year, approximately 120,000 people visit our nature reserves; we work with about 2000 school children; we run events engaging about 4,500 people; and our website ( attracts 120,000 unique visits.

Seahouses Development Trust

The charity has two trading subsidiaries which were established to generate profits to support the charity through provision of services to the community. The first Seahouses Development Company Limited operates Seahouses Accountancy Service which provides accountancy services to small businesses and third sector organisations in the local area and throughout Northumberland.

The second, Seahouses Community Ventures Limited, operates a commercial laundry social enterprise, The Washing Line, primarily to small businesses involved in the tourism sector.

The trust seeks to provide a local community organisation with the capacity to create and take opportunities, develop and manage projects, deliver services, and to create sustainable income streams to support these aims, for the social and economic benefit of the area and its inhabitants.

It will seek to be a focal point for identifying local needs, and then deciding which of these needs it can meet itself. It will also work with other partners, networks and organisations to address needs it cannot meet on its own.

The Trust is currently focusing on three projects and on improving its governances and finances

  • A Youth Project supporting events and activities for young people in the village
  • A cinema and entertainment project based in The Hub (Sports and Community Centre)
  • An information and office services facility for the community which incorporates a limited replacement library service run in collaboration with Northumberland County Council.


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