Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)- a landscape of inspiration
In England and Wales , there is a huge variety of scenery and
landscapes, from dramatic coasts to remote mountains. Those landscapes
considered most valuable are designated as National Parks or Areas of
Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). These landscapes are protected by
law and managed to maintain their special character for now and the
Cannock Chase was designated as an AONB in 1958 because of its
beautiful landscape, its wildlife and its history. Cannock Chase is the
largest surviving area of lowland heathland in the Midlands. Lowland
heath is an internationally scarce and threatened wildlife habitat. The
AONB also has extensive areas of forest and woodland along with areas of
designed parkland, sand and gravel quarrying and mixed agriculture.
Cannock Chase and its associated animal and plant communities are
part of an historic landscape dating back thousands of years. Wild deer
still roam the Chase and are probably descended from the original herd
introduced in Norman times for hunting purposes.
There is now considerable economic and recreational pressure on this
beautiful landscape and the new Cannock Chase AONB Management Plan aims
to ensure the right balance is maintained to conserve and enhance the
area whilst maintaining it as a living, working environments.