Estuaries & Coast
It’s all in the name. The special qualities of the Coast & Heaths AONB are defined by the coastal position as much as by it’s terrestrial habitats.
The Blyth, the Alde & Ore, the Deben and the Stour & Orwell estuaries meander into the Suffolk and Essex coastlines, each attracting community support, visitor interest and various forms of designated status.
Marine Pioneer Project
The Marine Pioneer explored the value of nature in social, ecological and economic terms to understand how a ‘natural capital approach’ could work in a local setting.
This project informed the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan and helped raise the profile of nature’s value in East Anglia.
Touching the Tide
Touching the Tide was a Heritage Lottery Fund Landscape Partnership Scheme along the Suffolk Coast.
There were 14 Partners, including Local Authorities, Statutory Agencies, conservation and community organisations, and committed individuals.
Touching the Tide helped people to understand, explore and shape the future of our changing coast through events, exhibitions and workshops for children and adults.
Suffolk and Essex once had many more orchards. Some local fruit varieties have become scarce and traditional orchards as a key landscape feature are disappearing.
Scattered Orchards saw small groups of traditional fruit and nut trees planted on publicly accessible land so that people can enjoy the blossom in spring and gather fruit and nuts in autumn. The new trees will grow tall and wide, also providing a habitat for wildlife.
The project brought people together on their ‘doorstep’ and the benefits remain for future generations to enjoy.21 ‘Scattered Orchards’ were planted in the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB by over 500 people.
Pollinator Patches (PDF)
This followed on from our Scattered Orchards project by working with communities to increase the number and diversity of nectar rich plants that benefit pollinating creatures such as bees.
Pollinator Patches were created in community spaces by planting native bulbs, wildflower seeds, and small trees and shrubs to provide nectar and pollen throughout the year. Information boards were provided, and posters and flyers distributed to encourage more people to plant in their own gardens and local spaces.
A ‘Pollinator Pop Up’ day was held at Snape Maltings at which free wildflower seed and bulbs were handed out along with advice on growing these.
BALANCE was a cross-border cooperation project between five organisations from the United Kingdom, Flanders and the Netherlands.
Green spaces with valuable habitats are being lost. Demand for green spaces which combine nature and recreation increases. People are looking for a quiet living environment, even near towns and cities.
The challenge is to create is to create a safe and healthy environment balancing nature and recreation.
The AONBs of Suffolk and Essex, with support from the EU Interreg programme 2-Seas, offered training and awareness opportunities to encourage more businesses to celebrate local distinctiveness and provide visitors with tangible reasons for holidaying closer to home.
The Proximity partnership was formed in early 2014 and included ten organisations from France, The Netherlands, Belgium and the UK.
Together we shared information and supported tourism businesses to attract nearby neighbours.See our Why Travel Further publication (4mb).
Quiet Lanes Suffolk
A Quiet Lane is a nationally recognised designation requesting people to “Expect & Respect”.
EXPECT the lane to be used by a variety of people, animals and transport; and RESPECT each other’s rights to considerate road use.
A pilot project in Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB resulted in several lanes being designated Quiet Lanes.
For the latest details see the Quiet Lanes Suffolk website.