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  1. Defra Review of Designated Landscapes 2018-19

    By Cathy Smith on July 12th, 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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  2. Volunteering Diary by Will Eden

    By Cathy Smith on July 12th, 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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  3. Cathy's Blog - Enjoy

    By Cathy Smith on July 12th, 2018

    I’m lucky to live in Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB but seem to have spent a lot of my time recently working on Dedham Vale-Stour Valley related projects – as it should be, we work jointly across the two project areas! It was a pleasure last …

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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