Administratively the Wye Valley AONB is very complex, being the only protected landscape to straddle the border between England and Wales. It covers parts of the three Counties of Herefordshire, Monmouthshire and Gloucestershire, which are each in a different region: the Midlands, Wales and the South West respectively.
Co-ordination of conservation across these political boundaries requires special effort by the AONB Partnership, which is made up of a Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) and the AONB Unit, working with a w ide range of partners, including Government bodies and voluntary organisations.
A Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) has overseen the Wye Valley AONB since 1972. Unlike a National Park Authority the JAC is not a planning authority. The role of the JAC is one of advising and guiding the statutory authorities regarding particular issues within the AONB. While the complex nature of the AONB is an administrative challenge, in practice the JAC has for many years been a strong partnership. This committee meets formally three times per annum along with a winter seminar and late summer study tour. Wherever possible the Joint Advisory Committee seeks the views and involvement of Parish and Community Councils, community groups and local individuals from all walks of life. The Joint Advisory Committee recognises that careful integration of interests is needed to safeguard the AONB for the future.
Amazing aqua antics, creative capers, marvellous music, watery wonders and fabulous fire and flame sculptures brought a frenzy of activity and entertainment to Vauxhall Fields in Monmouth on Saturday, May 7, when the Wye Valley River Festival was in town.
The fabulous flags for this year’s Wye Valley River Festival have been fashioned by 529 talented young artists