Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Image Gallery

We have an ever increasing collection of photographs and images that we have arranged into a series of galleries for you to view. Select a gallery of interest from the following list to view:

Managment Plan images

Fair Oaks - Alan & Val Lewis President at Tixall Lock - Anne Andrews Fallow Deer Stag - Roger Marsh Lone cyclist - Jan Wilson Heather shot - Phil Wilson Becch trees at Shoal Hill - Dennis Hemmings Heathland managment on Gentleshaw Common - Derrick Forster Commonwealth Cemetery cross - Diane Nelson Sledging at Milford - Ian Jones Geese at Chasewater - Jillian Hollins Milford Hall - Jim Henderson Spring Hill, Milford - June Jukes MBE At Wolseley Centre - Paul Massey The Photographer - Paul Waterfield Go Ape - Philip Smith Tixall Gatehouse - Wendy Skelding

Autumn Sweep

1 TocH Viewing Platform Setting off litter picking at each side of the road Making sure all were safe by wearing Hi-Vis jackets Loading Steve the Ranger's pickup truck Our volunteers filled the back of the truck with bags of rubbish. Along the way, we did benefit from seeing beautiful autumn colour. ... and the odd bit of photogenic fungus! Then the walk back to the Birches Valley wasn't too bad either!
Thanks to June Jukes for the photos.

Awareness Visit - Walk this Way!

Oscar & Rosie waiting for the off (they're the ones with 4 legs!) Which way are we going? The horses are behind you! Dogs under close control - most of the time Fancy seeing you here Well behaved Cyclists coming through Some paths can get a bit bumpy - especially if you're in a pushchair The cyclists are behind you.... ... and the walkers are ahead! Oscar & Rosie leading the way home Comparing notes back at Birches Valley Forest Centre - good and bad

The Midlands AONBs

From left to right in the fore ground - Cllr Ted Roberts (Chair of Malvern Hills AONB), Paul Esrich (Malvern Hills AONB Manager), Cllr Neil Roberts (Chair of Cannock Chase AONB) and Phil Holden (Shropshire Hills AONB Manager) Pictured:  Roger Owen of Natural England, Phil Holden of Shropshire Hills AONB, Cllr Neil Roberts of Cannock Chase AONB, Peter Norman of Shropshire Hills AONB and Ashley Thomas of Wye Valley AONB A snowy scene on the Heart of England Way The delegates venture off track on the Heart of England Way The delegates discuss some issues facing AONBs and the natural environment Members of the public enjoying the snow along Birches Valley's Route to Health Officers from other AONBs in the region and our guests from Natural England enjoy a stroll along the rather snowy Route to Health SMILE!  It's the toothbrush bench at Birches Valley's Route to Health.  You'll have to go and see if you can work out why it's got that nickname! A picturesque view of Cannock Chase from the Route to Health

Awareness Visit to The Malvern Hills

Heading up the Malvern Hills Discussion a representation from the Malvern Hills Conservators Admiring the view while talking about issues affecting AONBs A shot of an aeroplane over the Malvern Hills A reservoir of water from the Malvern spring Walking back down the Hills following a wonderful walk The Malvern Hills version of the Chase Hopper,

Cannock Chase AONB Fourth Annual Conference

First Session: A happy delegate ready to begin the day's tasks. (Photograph: Sam Carpenter) Each table at the conference had a facilitator and was named after an aspect of Cannock Chase AONB's varied life.  Foresters, Walkers, Cyclists, Farmers and as illustrated here, Soldiers. Session 2 included a presentation by the 3-J's! Jamie, Josh and Jake (not necessarily in that order!) from Cannock Chase High School, took part in the Young Enterprise programme and presented their ideas for 'Red Letter Days' to the Conference. Men at work!  Delegates making their contribution to an unusual piece of art now on display at the AONB Unit offices. I've visited the artist and have the badge to prove it! One of our Parish Councillors putting forward ideas for potential future projects. More discussion in one of the other facilitated groups. A thoughful facilitator taking notes on ideas for future projects. We have a project!  Some facilitators also followed the purple dress code. During the lunch break more delgates added to the artwork Speakers Line Up!  Left to Right, back row: Guy Corbett-Marshall, John McMullan, Dave Sharpe; front row: Ruth Hÿtch, Cllr Pat Ansell, Lisa Shephard. The 3-J's with Cllr Pat Ansell Delegates got on well during the day! Ready to get back to work after lunch Now, how did we say we would fund this project? A delegate asks the Panel Artist Jennifer Collier unveils the artwork that so many of the Conference delegates helped to produce.  Each square is a teabag refilled to illustrate aspects of the AONB and of course the Conference. (The redundant tea was not wasted but added to a compost heap)

View from Beaudesert Park Farm View from Beaudesert Park Farm looking towards Longdon


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Winter Images of Brindley Heath

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Winter Images 2005

Beaudesert Old Park Horsepasture Pools Horsepasture pools Walking in Beaudesert Old Park Winter sunlight in Beaudesert Old Park Heart of England Way, Beaudesert Old Park

Awarness Visit - Historic Cannock

Steve Dean, Historic Environment Officer, Staffordshire County Council, explains the history of Castle Ring. Mike Street from Beaudesert Trust leads the way from Castle Ring to the Beaudesert site. Mike tells all about what the walled garden used to be like and the plans for the future. Steve explains what happened to Beaudesert Hall ... ... and what is planned to stabilise the remaining ruins. The practice trenches which have recently been discovered. Now we've all seen these bits of concrete before, but didn't know they were the bases for military camps.
Thanks to Steve Welch for these pictures.

Canine Community Caring

Lorraine and her dog lead the way around the Staffordshire Dog Agility Course. Flying dog! Appearing from the tunnel Rosie finds her way through the hoop Poise and balance? Retired Greyhound Trust - one of the many charities who joined us for the day Hearing Dogs for the Deaf Huskeys Hot Huskey! Border Collie Trust from Colton Sue from Arden Grange - they supplied goody bags and prizes for the competitions.  Sue was a great help before and on the day - thanks Sue! Staffordshire Dog Display Team ... ... strutting their stuff! and going through hoops! time for audience participation 'course I can do bendy dog! This one only has little legs, so the hoop was lower Sue presenting prizes More prize winners Emma distributing treats for well behaved dogs! Rosie and Ruth (Ruth's the one with two legs and baseball hat!) Staffordshire Dog Agility Team

Photography competition

Antony James fairoak
Brian Mcobe Winner of the 10 to 16's catorgory Katie wilson Winner of the under 10's - Tyla Reece Astbury Winner of the over 16's competition - John Godley

Cannock Chase AONB Volunteering

Himalayan Balsam removal at Shugborough July 2014 Himalayan Balsam removal at Shugborough July 2014 Himalayan Balsam removal at Shugborough July 2014 There's a lot to remove! Volunteers from Veolia lend a hand Emma hiding in the balsam! (image courtesy of R Turton) Phew what a pile of balsam! (image courtesy of R Turton) Bracken bashing - it's going to be hard work! Bracken bashing 2 This is on the Connecting Cannock Chase site - Veolia volunteers are in there somewhere! Connecting Cannock Chase site - volunteers in the distance! Connecting Cannock Chase - this was after we'd bashed the bracken for several hours. There is a difference - honest!

Partnership Agreement with Natura

2 Firewatch 1 TocH viewing platform 3 Brindley Heath 4 Cannock No 5 5 Oldacre Members of the Joint Committee, Nick Young from Natural England and the legal representatives. Ruth, Anne and Emma with Joint Committee members, Cllr Mike Maryon, Nick Young, Cllr Tony Williams and Cllr Val Richards. Alistair Welch, Nick Young and Richard King make sure the signatures are in the right place!

Andy Wilson Visit

Group photograph outside the AONB Offices, l-r Anne, Sally, Rob Williams, Andy Wilson and Ruth. looking at the view over Sherbrook Valley Great War remains at Coppice Hill Meeting with Phil Armshaw, Cannock Chase Council Countryside Services L-R Andy, Ruth, Cllr Pat Ansell at Castle Ring With Mike Street and some of our community members walking from Castle Ring into Beaudesert Scout and Guide Camp Local produce barbecue lunch from Mary Cope, Beaudesert Park Farm Lunchtime speech Andy congratulating the partnership on completing the new Management Plan 2009-14 Meeting Jason Maclean and Ian Hickman, Forestry Commission, at Birches Valley Forest Centre Lisa Shephard explains about the award winning Route to Health

Dog Activity Day 9th May 2009

Dogs making new friends! The Retired Greyhound Trust were able to re-home 2 dogs following contacts made on the day. I'm a huskey, what are you? Ready to take to the scurry course Staffs Agility School demonstration Steve Jenkinson from Your Dog magazine giving helpful advice

Deer on Cannock Chase

Slitting Mill to Stile Cop (Steve Welch Images) Deer 1 - by Roger Ward Deer 2 - by Roger Ward Deer 3 - by Roger Ward Deer 4 - by Roger Ward Deer 5 - by Roger Ward Deer 6 - by Roger Ward Deer 7 - by Roger Ward Doe and fawn Fallow Deer Stag Three fallow deer Fallow Deer Stag Fallow Deer Stag Fallow Deer Stag and Doe Young Fallow Deer Stag

50th Anniversary

31a Brocton and Bednall (Credit Steve Welch Images) 31b Brocton and Bednall (Credit Steve Welch Images) 32 Vivians Wood (Credit Steve Welch Images) 33 Triumphal Arch, Shugborough 34 Broc Hill panorama 35 Milford Common Car Park 36 Milford Common (Credit Steve Welch Images) 35 Milford Common Car Park (Credit Steve Welch Images) Chairman of Cannock Chase AONB Joint Committee greets delegates as they arrive at the entrance to Shugborough. Arriving in style! A 1958 Aston Martin, loaned for the day from Fred Pritchard Bags, T-Shirts and of course AONBeer, went down well Cardinal Griffin Swing Band ... ... going solo Cllr Neil Roberts welcomes everyone to the celebration Ruth presents the original designation order to Cllr Roberts Mike Taylor, Chief Executive of The National Association for AONBs speaks about the past and present of AONBs Roger Owen, Regional Operations Manager, Natural England, West Midlands Region, speaks about their involvement with AONBs Gill Stanford, Staffordshire Children's Commissioner, introduces Croft Primary School who sang a number of songs about the environment.  Gill was also one of the people celebrating a special birthday! Pupils from Croft Primary School, Armitage, get ready for their performance The Group Performance .. .. in fine voice Karen Ward - Cannock Chase Council, Economic Development Officer (Tourism & Community), local girl, champion of the local area and also celebrating being born in the same year as the AONB was designated! Sheila and Ann Marie, (significant birthday people) speak about their memories of growing up around Cannock Chase AONB Jamie, our Young People's Champion, introduces Saxon Hill School, Lichfield Clever signing to the music ...  .. what comes next? ...  ... an enthralled audience! Jamie presents a limited edition framed 50th Anniversary poster (produced by Heath Hayes Art Group) to Saxon Hill.  The other two schools also received one of these. Joe, the Head Gardener from Shugborough, speaks about his experiences of living and working in Cannock Chase AONB Guy Corbett- Marshall, Chief Executive, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, speaks about the future of the AONB Cannock Chase AONB Joint Committee member, Cllr Doug Davis (Stafford Borough Council) ... and fellow Joint Committee member, Cllr Tony Williams (Cannock Chase Council) Matthew Bowers, former Chairman of Cannock Chase AONB Officers Working Group, proposed a toast to the AONB Cllr Pat Ansell, Chairman of Cannock Chase AONB Advisory Partnership, cuts the celebration cake Other highlights of the day included ... The Green Man entertained our young presenters ... .. and not so young presenters and guests ... ... local produce lunch from Beaudesert Park Farm was kindly sponsored by Pritchard Group ...  ... before the 50 year olds had their photograph taken by Birdseye Photos (see News Page on this website) ... .. the final part of the day for some was a tour of the Shugborough gardens by Joe. Brocton in the snow - Marlene Palmer

50th Anniversary Community Day

Slitting Mill looking towards Stile Cop (Credit Steve Welch Images) It was busy in the marquee, with lots of local businesses and volunteer groups. Dogs led their owners to somewhere dry! Andy, Caroline, Sally and Emma selling 50th anniversary commemorative goods - do we really need a calculator for 2 x £2! Some days you can't have enough chocolate ...   ... or fudge ... .. and especially hot chocolate! One of the local businesses that came along Brereton Community Group raising funds Our friends the Sea Scouts, always willing to help out and raising funds for their group Our under 10's photographic competition winner receives her framed print from Cllr Pat Ansell, Chairman of our Advisory Partnership and Cannock Chase Council June, Chairman of Friends of Cannock Chase, demonstrates the art of flower arranging ... ... the finished arrangments, sold to raise more funds for the Friends of Cannock Chase We did have some activities outside - Richard from Riverwoods gets some help with his willow weaving Hooray! It's stopped raining!!! Then there was the barn dance! Which foot did she say? Are you sure she said slap you partner round the face! Just like that! Are you sure ... .. that you should swing your partner quite like that? Getting into the swing of it - now we know what we're doing! You can't have a party without cake And a very splendid one it was too.  Thanks to Wendy Kirk for this fantastic cake and the one she also made for the 16th September event.

Ragwort Pull 12th August 2008

21 Slitting Mill looking towards Stile Cop before the hard working team got their claws in and after... what a team! some of the team

Steve Leonard Picture Gallery

Steve and local school children getting ready for pond dipping at The Wolseley Centre. (Photo credit Cannock Chase AONB Unit) At the Route to Health Sculpture Trail, Birches Valley Forest Centre (photo credit Cannock Chase AONB Unit) Gathering at Shugborough after lunch and just before the Landrover Safari across the AONB to Cannock Chase Visitor Centre. (photo credit Cannock Chase AONB Unit. The view across the Sherbrook Valley, even in winter, is stunning! (photo credit Staffordshire Wildlife Trust)