News & Blogs

  1. Values & Priorities

    By Pete Cosgrove on April 16th, 2019

    Ask anyone for their favourite things about the environment in which they live or work and they’ll reel off a couple of personal highlights. Ask enough people and you’ll have a long list of varied responses. Is it possible to prioritise that list …

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  2. Order Notice published by Natural England regarding Boundary Review

    By Cathy Smith on February 14th, 2019

    Natural England is currently considering a variation to the southern boundary of the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB. Natural England, a government agency, has special responsibility for AONBs and National Parks, and for the natural environment, …

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  3. Simon's Blog - The Importance of AONBs

    By Cathy Smith on January 22nd, 2019

    I was fortunate to get out into the nationally designated Dedham Vale and Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONBs over the holidays. It is a pleasure to enjoy these fantastic landscapes, spot some wildlife, see what the farmers are doing and enjoying some …

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  4. Cathy's Blog - AONBs have an important role

    By Cathy Smith on January 22nd, 2019

    If you’ve been following the news lately (including in these pages) you’ll have heard multiple references to Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). AONBs have an important role in our daily lives due to their natural beauty and special …

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  5. Outstanding Landscapes in the Future - Survey

    By Cathy Smith on January 3rd, 2019

    We are proud of our two nationally designated and important landscapes and would like to invite you to share your knowledge of them to future decision making regarding the conservation and enhancement of Dedham Vale and Suffolk Coast & Heaths …

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  6. Simon's Blog - Do something now…

    By Cathy Smith on January 3rd, 2019

    As manager of the staff team at the nationally designated Dedham Vale and Suffolk Coast & Heaths Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) I had the opportunity to run a workshop at the excellent East Suffolk Partnership conference recently. My …

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  7. Cathy's Blog - Reviewing Our Outstanding Landscapes

    By Cathy Smith on January 3rd, 2019

    Do you think Defra can improve the way we care for the UK’s outstanding landscapes? Is there a better way to deliver conservation and enhancement in Essex and Suffolk? When Defra wrote their 25 Year Environment Plan (Jan 2018) they included an …

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  8. Defra Review of Designated Landscapes 2018-19

    By Cathy Smith on October 23rd, 2018

    Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, announced the start of a Designated Landscape Review on Sunday 27 May 2018. This Designated Landscape Review was included in Defra's 25 Year Environment Plan, and will review …

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  9. Volunteering Diary by Will Eden

    By Cathy Smith on October 23rd, 2018

    Read Will's student placement weekly diary, and learn what he has been doing while gaining work experience with the two AONBs. Volunteer Diary - Will Eden 2018.  

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  10. Simon's Blog - Wonderful Wildlife

    By Cathy Smith on October 23rd, 2018

    I do a little bit of volunteering in an orchard near where I live. We recently went to meet some folk who were advising us on helping stag beetles in ‘our’ orchard. It was a fascinating insight into the life cycle of this glorious creature. While …

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