Tennyson Down, part of the Isle of Wight AONB. Picture by Jennifer Burton.
A FIVE-YEAR plan for protecting the Island's countryside and coastline has been approved by the Isle of Wight Council.
The Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Management Plan, agreed by the council cabinet last week, includes information about rights of way, the protection of wildlife, farming and forestry management.
Economy and tourism cabinet member Cllr Shirley Smart said: "The Isle of Wight AONB is one of the best in the country. So many of our visitors appreciate it and we have to protect it."
Her deputy, Cllr Roger Whitby-Smith said: "The AONB is sacrosanct. We must beware building does not encroach on this valuable landscape."
Around half the Island is designated AONB land. It is managed by the Isle of Wight AONB Partnership, established by the Isle of Wight Council and the Countryside Agency in 2002.
A more recent agreement was signed with Department for Food and Rural Affairs in 2011.
View the report below:
AONB management plan 2014 - 2019