News & Blogs

  1. 2017 Report & Press Release on the AONB Forum

    By Cathy Smith on October 20th, 2017

    The 2017 AONB forum, held at Shrubs Farm Lamarsh, was a hugh success, with over 80 people in attendance to hear speakers such as: - Lord Gardiner of Kimble, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity - Howard Davies, …

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  2. Simon's Blog: Outstanding options? Rewilding...

    By Cathy Smith on October 20th, 2017

    I recently met with colleagues from Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) from across the south and east of England. Following the formal business, we had an opportunity to visit a rewilding project in Sussex. The scheme is at the 3,500 acre …

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  3. Cathy's Blog: Summer moving over to Autumn

    By Cathy Smith on October 20th, 2017

    The equinox has passed, the AONB Family’s Outstanding Week has finished, days are getting shorter and the leaves are changing colour - it can only mean one thing: Autumn has arrived. This new season promises a whole new way to enjoy the two Areas …

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  4. Simon's Blog: Outstanding Week - Celebrating our Outstanding Landscapes

    By Cathy Smith on October 20th, 2017

    It is perhaps easy to be dismissive of days or weeks promoting this or that cause but I for one hope that everyone enjoys Outstanding Week that starts today. There are many joys of Outstanding Week but first I must declare an interest as the Dedham …

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  5. Cathy's Blog: Autumn approaching

    By Cathy Smith on October 20th, 2017

    William Wordsworth, that great observer of our landscapes, wrote in his poem “September 1819”: Departing summer hath assumed An aspect tenderly illumed… I like his suggestion of a tenderly departing summer, it’s how the last few weeks have …

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  6. Simon's Blog: It Should All Be Tranquil

    By Cathy Smith on October 20th, 2017

    It should be tranquil A couple of weeks ago I had a camping weekend in one the nationally designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) in the east of England. One of the things that was so enjoyable about the weekend was the …

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  7. Cathy's Blog: Opportunities abound in our two Outstanding Landscapes

    By Cathy Smith on October 20th, 2017

    Opportunities abound in our two Outstanding Landscapes, with a steady flow of activities to get involved in, throughout the school holidays and beyond. Whether you live in, work in or are visiting the Essex/Suffolk Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty …

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  8. Art at the Heart of Exploring the Dedham Vale

    By Cathy Smith on August 4th, 2017

    One of the best ways of appreciating a painting is to visit the landscape that inspired the artist, and the Dedham Vale is one such ‘outstanding’ place. The area inspired John Constable (1776–1837), 200 years ago, to create some of this …

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  9. 1960 historic article about Flatford in The Field

    By Cathy Smith on July 25th, 2017

    In March 1960 an article appeared in The Field - read the full article in the download.        

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  10. Simon's Blog - Out Standing in a Field

    By Cathy Smith on July 25th, 2017

    I was lucky enough to attend Latitude music festival recently. What, might you ask, has a music, literature and comedy festival got to do with the environment? Quite a lot, I think it is the environment, or the setting of the festival that I think …

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