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Glossary

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is an area of land granted a special status by the Countryside Agency because of its landscape and scenic beauty. Not all parts of an AONB are necessarily open to the public. In fact, most are not, as they are privately owned just like anywhere else. Towns and villages are sometimes included, and often small areas which are not at all beautiful get included too.

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