News & Blogs

  1. Join the Team. JOB OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE AONBs

    By Cathy Smith on March 11th, 2019

    Five opportunities are available to join the team - see further details on our Vacancies page.

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  2. NATURE'S VALUE photo competition

    By Cathy Smith on March 11th, 2019

    NATURE'S VALUE photo competition - take a photo, write a caption... We can't tell you why you should care for nature because only you know why it matters to you. The Suffolk Marine Pioneer wants us all to recognise the value of nature. But just …

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  3. Simon's Blog - The Importance of AONBs

    By Cathy Smith on January 22nd, 2019

    I was fortunate to get out into the nationally designated Dedham Vale and Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONBs over the holidays. It is a pleasure to enjoy these fantastic landscapes, spot some wildlife, see what the farmers are doing and enjoying some …

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  4. Cathy's Blog - AONBs have an important role

    By Cathy Smith on January 11th, 2019

    If you’ve been following the news lately (including in these pages) you’ll have heard multiple references to Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). AONBs have an important role in our daily lives due to their natural beauty and special …

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  5. Simon's Blog - Do something now…

    By Cathy Smith on January 11th, 2019

    As manager of the staff team at the nationally designated Dedham Vale and Suffolk Coast & Heaths Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) I had the opportunity to run a workshop at the excellent East Suffolk Partnership conference recently. My …

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  6. Cathy's Blog - Reviewing Our Outstanding Landscapes

    By Cathy Smith on January 11th, 2019

    Do you think Defra can improve the way we care for the UK’s outstanding landscapes? Is there a better way to deliver conservation and enhancement in Essex and Suffolk? When Defra wrote their 25 Year Environment Plan (Jan 2018) they included an …

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  7. River Stour Festival - events continue all year!

    By Cathy Smith on January 8th, 2019

    See details on the River Stour Festival website www.riverstourfestival.com  

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  8. Outstanding Landscapes in the Future - Survey

    By Cathy Smith on January 3rd, 2019

    We are proud of our two nationally designated and important landscapes and would like to invite you to share your knowledge of them to future decision making regarding the conservation and enhancement of Dedham Vale and Suffolk Coast & Heaths …

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  9. Defra Review of Designated Landscapes 2018-19

    By Cathy Smith on October 23rd, 2018

    Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, announced the start of a Designated Landscape Review on Sunday 27 May 2018. This Designated Landscape Review was included in Defra's 25 Year Environment Plan, and will review …

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  10. Simon's Blog - Wonderful Wildlife

    By Cathy Smith on October 23rd, 2018

    I do a little bit of volunteering in an orchard near where I live. We recently went to meet some folk who were advising us on helping stag beetles in ‘our’ orchard. It was a fascinating insight into the life cycle of this glorious creature. While …

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