Outstanding Views in Outstanding Landscapes - Simon's blog
As an employee of an organisation that is charged with ‘conserving and enhancing’ (legal term not mine) the nationally recognised landscapes of the Suffolk Coast and Dedham Vale Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty I realise that I am in a very fortunate position.
I’m often asked what is my favourite place is and although I do have a number of places that I hold very dear to my heart (No I’m not going to tell you) it is really the combination of factors that make the areas so outstanding.
For me these factors are the wildlife, the views, the sense of place, the pubs and restaurants, the people, the history, the opportunities to experience the area from foot or saddle that all contribute to a great experience and opportunity to escape from the mundane and/or stressful lives that many people lead.
If you do come and visit the outstanding landscapes don’t forget to enjoy the local produce and support the fantastic local businesses and the environmental charities such as the RSPB, the National Trust and the Wildlife Trusts that manage so much of the landscape that we enjoy. If you do you will be contributing to the local visitor economy that is worth nearly £250M a year and plays such an important part to the local economy. What could be better, a great place to be, an opportunity to improve your physical and mental health and doing your bit for the local economy?
So yes it is a great job and I am very fortunate to work in such a great environment and with such great people, but you can enjoy some of England’s finest landscapes too. It is easy to find out information, there are plenty of great websites with information on where to spend a great day, if in doubt ask someone who is already here, but don’t expect them to tell you their favourite spot, some things are best kept to yourself, and when you discover a little gem then maybe you will keep it to yourself too. Go on, go and enjoy our Outstanding Landscapes and everything they have to offer.
First printed in the East Anglian Daily Times Sat 23 July 2016