High Weald

Our 20-year vision for the High Weald AONB is for a landscape which:

  • Retains its remarkable character and scenic beauty, and is functioning successfully as an attractive place to live and work.
  • Is adapting well to changing economic and climatic conditions.
  • Is recognised and valued by those living, working and visiting the area, as a nationally important protected landscape championed by the High Weald Joint Advisory Committee.
  • Is maintained under 'traditional' land management practices, carried out by people connected to the land through work, lifestyle and leisure.
  • Displays the benefits of appropriate management in its highly interconnected and biodiversity rich ancient woodlands, meadows and heathland; and the improving condition of its routeways,sandrock and more naturally functioning river systems.
  • Is embracing a low-carbon future with green technologies underpinning a strong rural economy and thriving communities.
  • Accommodates an increasing number of households without compromising the characteristic historic settlement pattern as a result of strong planning policies and a sound understanding of the dynamics of sustainable communities.
  • Celebrates its woodland history and nurtures a woodland economy whose timber products are highly valued.
  • Sees land managed by a myriad of different people through diverse activities that are supported and nurtured where they deliver public benefits.
  • Encourages active participation by people, their communities and businesses, in conserving the area and managing change.
  • Provides a warm welcome and high quality experience for residents and visitors seeking inspiration and enjoyment of its landscape and rich, well understood and celebrated cultural heritage.

The High Weald AONB Management Plan sets out how we, and others, think this vision can be realised.