Herefordshire Council for the Protection of Rural England is exploring the possibility of designating the upland border landscape of West Herefordshire, including Reeves Hill/Stonewall Hill, as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Read more from CPRE Herefordshire.
This would protect our traditional landscape: the Government’s new Planning Policy Framework says that “great weight should be given to conserving landscape and scenic beauty” in AONBs. Ever since the 1950s, the Mortimer Country and the Black Mountains got left out of AONB designation because efforts to protect them were foiled by problems of administrative boundaries between England and Wales. Local support will be all important in taking this idea further on the English side of the border. If you live in Herefordshire, please ask your local Councillors to represent you in supporting the CPRE initiative.