News & Blogs

  1. Simon's Blog - The Countryside

    By Cathy Smith on July 12th, 2018

    I’ve have managed to get out into the nationally designated Dedham Vale and Suffolk Coast & Heaths Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) quite a bit over the past couple of weeks. You may consider that to be an unsurprising statement …

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  2. Cathy's Blog - Reviews and Views

    By Cathy Smith on July 12th, 2018

    May 2018 was the hottest recorded in the UK, so what has happened to June? Walking on the coast last weekend was more a case of ‘what view’, as the mist was so thick you could barely see ten metres! We wait to see if this up-and-down weather …

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  3. Simon's Blog - Wildlife vs Humans

    By Cathy Smith on July 12th, 2018

    The Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) team were at the fantastic Hadleigh Show last weekend talking to people about the nationally designated landscapes and the work done to conserve and enhance them. What struck me most was the number of …

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  4. Cathy's Blog - Water

    By Cathy Smith on July 12th, 2018

    Writing this after the warmest early May Bank Holiday ‘on record’ it seems churlish not to join in with the nations favourite subject – I mean the weather and not Eurovision! – what a delight it has been, after our long drawn out Winter, to …

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  5. Simon's Blog - Restoring the Stour

    By Cathy Smith on July 12th, 2018

    The Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership met recently. I always look forward to these meetings where 26 organisations and guests come together to learn from each other and plan future projects. This work goes a long way …

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  6. Cathy's Blog - Grants

    By Cathy Smith on July 12th, 2018

    Supporting local organisations and communities is something we do all the time across the two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Some of my colleagues do this by getting very hands on, and often muddy! This happens when practical conservation falls …

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  7. Simon's Blog - Working together

    By Cathy Smith on July 12th, 2018

    When my children were young they were really keen on the TV show ‘Bob the Builder’ one of the oft repeated phrases on the show was ‘working together to get the job done’. The repetition used to infuriate me, and the song became an ear worm. …

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  8. Cathy's Blog - Weather

    By Cathy Smith on July 12th, 2018

    We love talking about the weather and our four-seasons-in-one-week pattern is worth talking about! Four weeks ago I was heralding the start of spring and enjoying the longer days… The ‘Beast from the East’ storm was attributed to the …

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  9. Simon's Blog - Volunteers

    By Cathy Smith on July 12th, 2018

    The Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty hosted an event this week to celebrate and thank volunteers that work tirelessly to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the designated landscapes. The event was due to start at 6:30pm and there were …

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  10. Cathy's Blog - AONB Column

    By Cathy Smith on July 12th, 2018

    “Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul”, John Muir (died 1914). There seems to be no let up to the February cold and wind, but the days ARE growing noticeably longer, …

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