Cotswold Beauty

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Stone 'gateways' have been installed at the roadside in various parts of the Cotswolds including Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and near Bath to show where the designated Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty begins.

The gateways are made from Cotswold stone with cast iron plaques and are part of a project to mark the boundary of this internationally important area.

Funded by the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership, the installation of the gateways has been co-ordinated by local councils.

Martin Lane, Director of the Cotswolds AONB Partnership said;
"Everyone knows the landscape of the Cotswolds is special, but what many people don't realise is that it is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

"By working with our council partners and local communities we are helping to raise the awareness of the special nature of the Cotswolds."

Local council highway authorities are responsible for agreeing the sites for the gateways, working with the AONB Partnership. The councils' contractors put the gateways in place.

The stones help to show the extent of the Cotswolds AONB – it is the largest of 41 AONBs in England and Wales, stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.

Martin Lane said,
"Covering 2.038 square kilometres it's a vast area and one of the most attractive parts of the country  - that's something we want to shout about, as well as work to conserve and enhance."

There are also plans to install gateways in in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Wiltshire. 

For more information on the AONB visit thieir site at

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