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  1. Simon's Blog: Outstanding options?

    By Cathy Smith on October 20th, 2017

    I recently met with colleagues from Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) from across the south and east of England. Following the formal business, we had an opportunity to visit a rewilding project in Sussex. The scheme is at the 3,500 acre …

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  2. Cathy's Blog: Autumn has arrived

    By Cathy Smith on October 20th, 2017

    The equinox has passed, the AONB Family’s Outstanding Week has finished, days are getting shorter and the leaves are changing colour - it can only mean one thing: Autumn has arrived. This new season promises a whole new way to enjoy the two Areas …

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  3. Simon's Blog: Outstanding Week

    By Cathy Smith on October 20th, 2017

    It is perhaps easy to be dismissive of days or weeks promoting this or that cause but I for one hope that everyone enjoys Outstanding Week that starts today.  There are many joys of Outstanding Week but first I must declare an interest as the Dedham …

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  4. Cathy's Blog: Autumn approaching

    By Cathy Smith on October 20th, 2017

    William Wordsworth, that great observer of our landscapes, wrote in his poem “September 1819”: Departing summer hath assumed An aspect tenderly illumed… I like his suggestion of a tenderly departing summer, it’s how the last few weeks have …

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  5. Simon's Blog: It should be tranquil

    By Cathy Smith on October 20th, 2017

    A couple of weeks ago I had a camping weekend in one the nationally designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) in the east of England. One of the things that was so enjoyable about the weekend was the tranquillity. Tranquillity is a term …

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  6. Cathy's Blog: Opportunities abound

    By Cathy Smith on October 20th, 2017

    Opportunities abound in our two Outstanding Landscapes, with a steady flow of activities to get involved in, throughout the school holidays and beyond. Whether you live in, work in or are visiting the Essex/Suffolk Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty …

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  7. Simon's Blog: Out Standing in a field

    By Cathy Smith on October 20th, 2017

    I was lucky enough to attend Latitude music festival recently. What, might you ask, has a music, literature and comedy festival got to do with the environment? Quite a lot, I think it is the environment, or the setting of the festival that I think …

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  8. Cathy's Blog: take up a challenge?

    By Cathy Smith on October 20th, 2017

    We are often asked to ‘take up a challenge’ for a good cause on a named day (or week or month). So, what one is it now? Suffolk Day (Wed 21 June) celebrated all things Suffolk and it made me wonder what conservation ‘days’ are being …

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  9. Simon's Blog: Wildlife spotting: Good luck or by design?

    By Cathy Smith on October 20th, 2017

    You may well read in other pages in today’s paper the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Stour Valley Project had its annual forum. We were very lucky to have the DEFRA minister responsible for AONBs, Lord Gardiner, …

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  10. Cathy's Blog: Get involved. Join in. Do just one thing

    By Cathy Smith on October 20th, 2017

    Get involved. Join in. Do just one thing. Support ‘this’. Do ‘that’. Sometimes it seems there are constant calls on us to ‘do something’! Anything! In fact, it is pretty much understood that we humans feel better about ourselves if we do …

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