Aerial View of Woodbridge, River Deben © M. Page

Projects & Partnerships

The Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB is an outstanding landscape, containing the few remaining fragments of Sandlings Heath and some of the least developed coastline in southern England. This was recognised when, in 1970, it was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The statutory purpose of the AONB designation is to conserve and enhance natural beauty. Looking after an area the size of the AONB is of course beyond the scope of any one organisation. At 403 square kilometres in area, and stretching about 60 kilometres along the coast of Suffolk, working in partnership to care for the area is the only option.

And it's not just the size of the area that’s important. There are also numerous, often competing, interests in the area; from commercial land use to development of major infrastructure, from nature conservation to tourism. Working in partnership can help develop consensus and mutual understanding of the area’s sensitivities and how best to manage them.

As Harry S Truman once famously said:

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit"

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