Tranquillity is a special quality of the AONBs natural environment, it has a positive influence on peoples physical and psychological well being and contributes to the rural economy by attracting visitors and supporting tourism based industry.
Tranquillity is enhanced by the presence of wide open spaces, dark star strewn skies and natural features such as woodland, streams, rivers, lakes and the sea. The presence of wildlife and rural activity, and natural sounds like birdsong and cows lowing, also contribute to the experience of tranquillity.
Tranquillity is threatened by the presence of built up areas and unsympathetic development such as pylons and wind turbines. Noise and light pollution, inappropriate recreational activity and large numbers of people also detract from the experience of tranquillity.
The AONB team works alongside many organisations to protect and maintain tranquillity through raising awareness and influencing the development control process.
To learn more about tranquillity, and to view the national and regional tranquillity mapping visit the Campaign to Protect Rural England at www.cpre.org.uk.