Natural Health Service!

Landscapes for Life Week
19th – 27th September 2020    

Last year poet laureate Simon Armitage kick-started Landscapes for Life week with his new poem ‘Fugitives’, seeing landscapes as a ‘Natural Health Service’ for all to enjoy.

Although face to face activities may not be possible this year, AONBs across the country are still keen to celebrate Landscapes for Life Week, albeit in a quieter way.

The ‘Week’ kicks off today (Saturday 19th September) at 2pm with a virtual National Moment – we are inviting people to share their #MyNationalLandscapes either from back yards and gardens, local green spaces or favourite National Landscape.

If you are out and about, we’d love to see photos of your favourite places and spaces in the South Devon AONB.   Each day the AONB family will be looking at different aspects of the landscape that enrich our lives.

Please stay safe when you are out and about. 

Special Qualities
Explore Startbay
Explore Wembury

South Devon AONB was designated for its 10 special qualities, each of them is important individually Together they create a sense of place and identity and  are what makes South Devon an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty:

Wild and rugged coastline
Fine, undeveloped, wild and rugged coastline.

A network of streams, rivers and estuaries
Ria estuaries (drowned river valleys), combe valleys and the network of associated watercourses.

Rolling farmland
Deeply rural inland rolling patchwork agricultural landscape.

Open tops and hidden valleys
Naturally incised landscape that quickly turns intimate, hidden and secretive away from the plateau tops.

Long, unspoilt views
Iconic wide, unspoilt and expansive panoramic views and long framed dramatic views.

A long-lived in landscape
A landscape with a rich time depth, wealth of historic environment features, historic cores to picturesque villages and towns and well-known historic and cultural associations.

A landscape rich in wildlife
A breadth and depth of significant habitats, species and associated natural events.

An ancient network of routeways
An ancient and intricate network of winding lanes, the South West Coast Path and other strategic recreational routes.

Naturally tranquil
Areas of high tranquillity, natural nightscapes, distinctive natural soundscapes and visible movement.

Quality of views beyond the AONB boundary
A variety in the setting to the AONB formed by the marine environment, Plymouth City, Market and Coastal towns, rural South Hams and the southern fringe to Dartmoor National Park.


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This Web site is for those who love the South Hams “The jewel in the crown of Devon” and who wish to protect and enhance the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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