News & Blogs

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Simon's Blog - AONB Boundaries

    By Cathy Smith on July 12th, 2018

    In other pages of the East Anglian you will see news of a consultation on proposals to extend the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and I urge you to take part in this to express your views. You may also be aware of a …

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  8. Cathy's Blog - Big Week For The Environment

    By Cathy Smith on July 12th, 2018

    It’s been a big week for the environment, one way or another. As the less-well-known-sibling to National Parks, it was good to hear the words “Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty” being spoken by a Prime Minister. That utterance was during …

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  9. Simon's Blog - Into the Darkness

    By Cathy Smith on July 12th, 2018

    Through the winter I have had the opportunity to be out in both the Suffolk Coast & Heaths and Dedham Vale Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty after dark. Once away from the villages the experience of being in the dark is something to be …

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  10. Cathy's Blog - End of Year

    By Cathy Smith on July 12th, 2018

    The last few weeks have been full of lots of tidy-up jobs and bits and pieces of preparation… and I don’t just mean at home getting ready for the celebrations of the season! My AONB team colleagues Alex, Charlotte, Emma, Holly and Neil, and our …

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