About us

Nidderdale AONB is an area of 233 square miles located on the eastern flanks of the Yorkshire Pennines stretching from the high moorland of Great Whernside south and east towards the edge of the Vale of York. The map below shows the AONB boundary.

AONBs are designated in recognition of their national importance and to ensure that their character and qualities are protected for all to enjoy. AONBs are nationally important landscapes and they have the same level of protection as National Parks.  

The Nidderdale AONB team works on behalf of those who live and work in the AONB, visitors and the wider community.

The AONB works to ensure that the environment of the AONB is protected and that the AONB continues to evolve in a sustainable way in the future. This involves advising on planning issues in the AONB, providing grants and advice and developing specific projects. Our work is supported by a very committed group of volunteers and we are strongly committed to providing volunteering opportunities. We also work closely with our registered charity, the Friends of Nidderdale AONB, who support the aims and objectives of the AONB by funding projects.

The aims and areas of work for the Nidderdale AONB are set out in the AONB’s Management Plan for 2014-19. You can find out more about the progress we're making by reading our latest Annual Review. We rely on goodwill and partnerships with others to make progress.

Defra is the Government department responsible for AONBs and National Parks in England.  They provide 75% of our core funding which we use to develop and implement our management plan.

We receive some funding from local authorities in the AONB area and the AONB team also apply for European, national and local grants to support specific projects.

The work of the AONB team is overseen by a ‘Joint Advisory Committee’ (JAC). The JAC is chaired by Cllr Nigel Simms and has a maximum of 25 members. Meetings are held three times a year.

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Main Image: Dallowgill moor in bloom.