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Help to keep the Cotswolds special

The Cotswolds National Landscape is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), managed and looked after by a small team working in partnership with many others. The Cotswolds is a landscape that is under greater pressure than ever before. By making a donation, however small, you will be making a direct contribution to support the natural environment and heritage of this special landscape for the future.

Donate to the Cotswolds Conservation Board

A general donation would help us the most but if you want to specify the area of work your donation supports, here are a few examples:

Maintaining the Cotswold Way National Trail

The Cotswold Way is a long distance walking trail, 102 miles (164 km), that runs between the market town of Chipping Campden in the north and the city of Bath in the south. We are responsible for the management of the Cotswold Way working in close partnership with the Cotswold Way Association – the charity dedicated to fund raising to maintain and improve this much-loved trail.  To make a donation towards the upkeep of the Cotswold Way please go to the Cotswold Way Association website.

Glorious Cotswolds Grasslands

In the 1930s, 40% of the Cotswolds was covered in wildflower-rich grassland, supporting a vast diversity of wildlife. Sadly, agricultural intensification and changing land management practices has led to the loss of almost all this grassland…less than 1.5% remains. Our Grasslands project aims to create the largest network of wildflower rich Jurassic limestone grassland in the country – around 100 hectares in total.

Cotswold Voluntary Wardens

Our wardens cover a wide range of activities, including (1) leading over 300 free guided walks each year to members of the public; (2) organising work parties to maintain and improve the access trails throughout the AONB – including the Cotswold Way National Trail; (3) tree planting and biodiversity enhancement projects. We currently have 350 voluntary wardens and in the year ending 31 March 2020 they amassed an amazing 48,613 hours of voluntary work!

Bownham Common, Sep 2020Caring for the Cotswolds

Our grants scheme  is a way for businesses and people to give something back to ensure the environment is taken care of. We do this by using donations to support their organisations that are also working hard to conserve habitats and species, enhance our heritage and improve access and interpretation so it can be enjoyed by future generations.


If you would like your donation to be used towards a specific area of work confirm using the drop down list on the page that follows.

Donate to the Cotswolds Conservation Board

Gifts in Wills

When you leave a gift in your Will to Cotswolds National Landscape*, it’ll help ensure that we can continue to keep the Cotswolds a special place; to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Cotswolds; to increase understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities; and to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities.

How to leave your legacy

If you would like to leave a gift in your Will, we recommend you that you speak to a solicitor to ensure that your wishes will be carried out as you intend.

You will need to take the following details with you:

    • Cotswolds Conservation Board (Cotswolds National Landscape)
    • Registered address: Cotswold Business Centre, Unit 11, 2 A P Ellis Rd, Upper Rissington, Gloucestershire, GL54 2QB

An example of wording you could use:

I leave my / X share (s) of my residuary estate for Cotswolds Conservation Board, Cotswold Business Centre, Unit 11, 2 A P Ellis Rd, Upper Rissington, Gloucestershire, GL54 2QB absolutely for its general purposes and I declare that the receipt of the treasurer or other proper officer for the time being shall be a sufficient discharge to my executors.

Cotswolds National Landscape

*Cotswolds National Landscape is the new name for the Cotswolds Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The new name takes forward one of the proposals of the Government-commissioned ‘Landscapes Review’ to rename AONBs as ‘National Landscapes’. This change reflects the national importance of AONBs and the fact that they are safeguarded, in the national interest, for nature, people, business and culture.

Cotswolds National Landscape and Cotswolds Conservation Board are the trading names of the Conservation Board for the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Cotswolds Conservation Board is an independent statutory body established by Parliamentary Order in 2004.   We are not a registered charity.

Information for Executors

If you are looking to make a payment from a Will, please contact our Chief Executive, Andy Parsons, at