Silver and pink skies over a calm river

More than £30,000 awarded to sustainable community projects helping people to enjoy and improve their local environment

Fifteen community projects in Suffolk have been awarded more than £30,000 combined in funding through two Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) grants.  Since 2012, EDF has granted more than £300,000 to community projects through the Amenity and Accessibility Fund.  Galloper Wind Farm has granted a further £77,000 to community projects over the past six […]

Ferry Cliff Woods with views of the River Deben and blue skies

Landscape Lens: Focus on Ferry Cliff

Landscape Lens is our fixed-point photography project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to encourage residents and visitors to connect with the landscape.  One location part of the project is Ferry Cliff owned by the National Trust and features as part of the Sutton Hoo Long Estate Walk.  Ferry Cliff is located along the River […]

Trimley Marshes showing the River Orwell and grey skies

Landscape Lens: Focus on Trimley Marshes

Landscape Lens is our fixed-point photography project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to encourage residents and visitors to connect with the landscape.  One location as part of the project is the Trimley Marshes in South Suffolk. The view featured in our Landscape Lens fixed-photography location is an area which is beyond the nature reserve, […]

RSPB Stour Estuary

Landscape Lens: Focus on RSPB Stour Wood

Landscape Lens is our fixed-point photography project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to encourage residents and visitors to connect with the landscape.  One location as part of the project is the RSPB site at the Stour Estuary. This is an unusual reserve as it comprises of woodland immediately next to the Stour Estuary. This […]

The River Stour at Mistley, with blue skies and boats on the water

Landscape Lens: Focus on Mistley

Landscape Lens is our fixed-point photography project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to encourage residents and visitors to connect with the landscape.  One location as part of the project is beautiful Mistley in northeast Essex, which became part of the Coast & Heaths AONB in 2020. Mistley is a breathtaking spot, but what […]

A log lying on the shore at Blythburgh as the river approaches

Landscape Lens – How will it all work?

Landscape Lens is a fixed-point photography project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to encourage residents and visitors to connect with the landscape. How will it all work? There will be 15 photography locations across the Coast & Heaths AONB and Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Project area. Each will have a post, […]

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Landscape Lens taking shape

Over the last year we have all been exploring our local area more, engaging with the countryside and discovering new walk and hopefully you will have noticed how truly special the AONB is. It showcases such an amazing variety of landscapes, from heathland, ancient woodlands, untamed beaches to wildlife populated estuaries.  To refine our locations […]

Landscape view of river with boats in foreground

Focus on Landscape Lens

Last year was the 50th anniversary of Coast & Heaths and Dedham Vale both being designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).  As part of this celebration, we were awarded a grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for £129,000, to run a series of initiatives to celebrate this milestone. Throughout last year we […]

Tim Holt Wilson, David Wood National Landscape Award Winner

New AONB award winner announced

The first winner of the National Landscape Award in the Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has been announced. The new David Wood National Landscape Award celebrates and recognises the achievements of individuals, groups and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the conservation and enhancement or raising awareness of the […]

A photo of canoes sat next to a river with a blue sky

Up to £70,000 of grant funding is now open for applications

The Sustainable Development Fund opens to applications for projects that benefit the Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  The Sustainable Development Fund is available to a variety of community and conservation organisations (or individuals) to support projects for the conservation and enhancement of the […]

Redshank by water

Redshank volunteering opportunities

Would you like to help redshank and other birds around the coast and estuaries of the AONB? The redshank bird is the flagship species in the Coast & Heaths AONB. We are looking to recruit new volunteers who can help redshank and lots of other wildlife. We can fit the type of volunteering activity that […]

River Ore at Hollesley

Grants open for applications

Each year the Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is proud to open several grants schemes that fund local community projects.  Two grants are now open for applications!  The AONB is seeking applications from community projects that are innovative, socially inclusive, sustainable, that benefit the public and involve partnership working.  Whether you […]