A photo of two women and a boy collecting litter from Felixstowe Beach

Great British Beach Clean results

The results are in from this year’s Great British Beach Clean! In the 27th year of the Marine Conservation Society’s annual nationwide initiative, the Great British Beach Clean ran for a week, rather than the usual weekend. Across Suffolk, 13 different beach clean events took place with the help of 85 fantastic volunteers, including the […]

A photo of the AONB staff team on a video conference call

New photography project thanks to the National Lottery

It is thanks to all the National Lottery players that Dedham Vale and Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) can mark their 50th Anniversary with an amazing photography project.  With the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, who awarded £129,000 across both AONBs, we are launching a photography initiative, Landscape Lens.  […]

Major project restores Shotley skyline

A major project to restore the Shotley skyline has now been completed – enhancing the natural beauty of one of Suffolk’s most important landscapes. UK Power Networks which owns the electricity network in the East of England, has removed 5.2km of 11,000-volt overhead power lines, as well as 60 poles supporting them, to improve views […]

Sandlings Walk Diversion

Due to forestry works in Rendlesham Forest the Sandlings Walk has been redirected through Staverton Thicks for the next few months. Please follow additional signage on the ground and see map for further information.

Design opportunity for local artists

We are looking for talented local artists to produce two awards that will celebrate the contribution an individual, community group or business has made to one of the National Landscapes in Suffolk and Essex. The award will recognise the impact they have had on the National Landscape of either the Coast and Heaths or Dedham […]

Redshank by water

AONB Flagship Species

We’re delighted to announce that the flagship species for the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB has been selected. The Redshank (Tringa totanus) sometimes referred to as the Sentinel of the Marshes was selected by AONB environmental partners representing 16 organisations with an interest in the AONB’s wildlife. Although it was a very difficult decision, the […]

East Suffolk Council staff litter picking in Melton

Great British September Clean

As part of the Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British September Clean we are encouraging people to organise litter picks to clean up their local environment and help keep our National Landscapes special. The scale of the litter problem in the AONBs since lockdown restrictions have eased has increased enormously and many villages are struggling to cope with […]


Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry

The Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry, the biggest international prize for ecological, environmental and climate-concerned poetry, is open! Organised by the Poetry School, and judged by novelist, activist and UK Poet Laureate Simon Armitage and poet, critic and commissioning editor Jade Cuttle. The Ginkgo Prize aims to illuminate the climate crisis and the role that poetry can play in provoking consciousness and change.  The […]

Nature Recovery Survey

The AONB Team is currently researching into the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Nature Recovery Plan. We are very keen to seek feedback on our initial proposals. Please complete a brief survey here: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/NatureRecoveryPlan/

New AONB Boundary Review

50 years on from the designation of the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there’s good reason to celebrate as the AONB just got a whole lot bigger! We are delighted that the Rt. Hon. George Eustice MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, today confirmed a 38 square […]