News & Blogs

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Simon's Blog: Out Standing in Winter

    By Cathy Smith on July 3rd, 2018

    Winter in upon us and as I write this we have just had the first snow of the year. It reminds me that this is a great time of year to welcome visitors to two of England’s finest landscapes, the nationally designated Dedham Vale and Suffolk Coast …

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  6. Cathy's Blog - TREES, TREES, TREES!

    By Cathy Smith on November 29th, 2017

    This Autumn is proving to be longer, warmer and less wet than we ‘usually’ have, and although we’ve had a couple of frosts, we haven’t gone into our next season yet. In fact, just last weekend I was basking in lovely sunshine – it felt very …

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  7. Simon's Blog - Essence of AONBs

    By Cathy Smith on November 29th, 2017

    I’ve be lucky enough to have been out and about in the Dedham Vale and Suffolk Coast & Heaths Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) for work and pleasure recently. At work we have been scoping some work about use of colour in development …

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  8. Cathy's Blog: Hope & Optimism

    By Cathy Smith on November 29th, 2017

    Something chimed for me listening to Sir David Attenborough on BBC radio this week. When introducing Blue Planet II – it starts this weekend – he was asked about changes in the 16 years since the first Blue Plant (I paraphrase): “Apart from …

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  9. 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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  10. 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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