The Isles of Scilly are designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)

The purpose of the AONB designation is to safeguard, enhance and promote the distinctive landscapes, wildlife, historical and architectural character of the Islands', whilst fostering the social and economic well-being of its people.

The Isles of Scilly Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a designation, rather than an entity or organisation in its own right, which currently attracts a certain amount of government funding.  Within the Islands there is an AONB Partnership; consisting of representatives from key organisations including Islands’ Partnership, Isles of Scilly IFCA, Council of the Isles of Scilly (both Councillors & Officers), the Duchy of Cornwall, Tresco Island, Natural England, English Heritage & the RSPB.  Between them they have produced an AONB Management Plan (a document stating how the money allocated to the designation is to be spent). 

In November 2014, the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust successfully bid for funds to deliver work in the AONB Management Plan for the first time.  Since this time we have been successful in subsequent bids and continue to be the AONB Management Plan Delivery Team. 

The Plan includes delivery of environmental education activities, on the ground access improvements (such as path clearance, repair and boardwalk installation and maintenance) and new signage and interpretation. 

Further information on the AONB designation is available on the Isles of Scilly AONB website.