The Yorkshire Wolds Designation Project
Welcome to the Yorkshire Wolds Designation Project website, which is here to provide information about the project, the designation process and the various issues, factors and views that will be taken into account during the process.
A provisional Candidate Area has been defined. This identifies those part(s) of the Yorkshire Wolds landscape which may have the potential to be designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The Yorkshire Wolds
The Yorkshire Wolds National Character Area (NCA) forms an arc of high, gently rolling ground extending from the Humber Estuary west of Hull, to the North Sea coast at Flamborough Head, north of Bridlington. It comprises a prominent chalk escarpment and foothills rising from the Vale of York to the west and the Vale of Pickering to the north, and falling to the plain of Holderness to the east. A very low proportion of the area is urban and woodland, and the vast majority of the land is agricultural. Woodland planting is restricted to small, scattered woodland blocks on higher land and steeper slopes.
Why is the Yorkshire Wolds being considered for Designation
Natural England is the Government’s adviser on the natural environment and has powers under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 to consider which areas of countryside are nationally important for their outstanding natural beauty and then to designate such areas as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, if it is desirable to do so for the purpose of conserving and enhancing their natural beauty.
In June 2021, a written ministerial statement by Secretary of State, George Eustice (Defra) announced that Natural England ‘will be taking forward the government’s commitment to designate additional protected landscapes and is currently considering the designation of four new areas’. This includes the possible designation of a new Yorkshire Wolds AONB.
Full details of Natural England’s subsequent announcement can be seen via the link below: