Council of Partners

Council of Partners Meeting 2016
Council of Partners Meeting 2016

In the North Wessex Downs AONB the Council of Partners is responsible for managing the area.

The Council of Partners have the task of increasing public understanding and enjoyment of the AONB, and fostering the social and economic well-being of its local communities.

The Countryside and Rights of Way Act, 2000 (the "CRoW" Act) added further regulation and protection, ensuring the future of AONBs as important national resources.

The North Wessex DownsAONB is the largest in south east England and the third largest AONB nationally – out of the 37 AONBs in England. It was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1972.

To find out more about AONBs across England and Wales, please visit the National Association for AONBs website at or the Natural England website at

The Council of Partners meets three times a year, usually visiting village and town halls around the North Wessex Downs. 

The Council of Partners consists of 35 members in total.  The nine local authorities whose areas make up the North Wessex Downs are represented by elected councillors and officers.  The National Farmers’ Union and the Country Land and Business Association are members, while 12 places are open to nominees from the community representing four Interest Groups: community and parish; farming and rural business; historic environment; nature conservation; and recreation and tourism.  Natural England represents central government.

Download a list of current members.

Dates of meetings 2017

Tuesday 7th March 2017
Tuesday 4th July 2017
Tuesday 14th November 2017

Dates of meetings 2016

Tuesday 8th March 2016
Tuesday 12th July 2016
Tuesday 8th November 2016

Minutes of previous meetings