The Yorkshire Wolds Could Soon Become An ‘Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty’

It’s no denying that the Yorkshire Wolds is an incredibly beautiful destination, but now, it could finally receive the recognition it deserves.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is continuing their fight to have the area recognised as one of the country’s areas of outstanding natural beauty, with their latest bid coming to light following the government’s pledge last year to increase the number of national parks and AONB’s across the country.

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Currently, the only areas of Yorkshire that are recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are Nidderdale and the Howardian Hills – which make up just two of 46 in the UK.

The areas are selected for conservation due to their beautiful, scenic landscapes – with many of them providing important habitat to much of the UK’s wildlife. The laws enforced are similar to those of national parks – however, AONB’s are generally run by local authorities.

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This isn’t the first time that East Riding Council has attempted to make the stunning place an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – approaching Natural England about the designation back in 2013. It’s reported the protection was not provided due to budget cuts.

The Yorkshire Wolds are widely known for providing inspiration to many of David Hockney’s works, and provide beautiful scenes of Yorkshire that rival those of Nidderdale and the Yorkshire Dales. It is hoped the new AONB status could boost tourism in the area, as well as protect the land from development.

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