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  1. Cathy's Blog - End of Year

    By Cathy Smith on July 12th, 2018

    The last few weeks have been full of lots of tidy-up jobs and bits and pieces of preparation… and I don’t just mean at home getting ready for the celebrations of the season! My AONB team colleagues Alex, Charlotte, Emma, Holly and Neil, and our …

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  2. Simon's Blog - Out Standing in Winter

    By Cathy Smith on July 12th, 2018

    Winter in upon us and as I write this we have just had the first snow of the year. It reminds me that this is a great time of year to welcome visitors to two of England’s finest landscapes, the nationally designated Dedham Vale and Suffolk Coast …

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  3. 2018 Dedham Vale Stour Valley Forum Conference

    By Cathy Smith on March 12th, 2018

    2018 Theme: Outstanding Landscapes and Natural Beauty. We would like to invite you to the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Forum 2018. Venue: Shrubs Farm, Lamarsh, CO8 5EA. By kind invitation of Robert and Sara Erith On: Friday 15 June 2018 The …

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  4. Cathy's Blog - TREES, TREES, TREES!

    By Cathy Smith on November 29th, 2017

    This Autumn is proving to be longer, warmer and less wet than we ‘usually’ have, and although we’ve had a couple of frosts, we haven’t gone into our next season yet. In fact, just last weekend I was basking in lovely sunshine – it felt very …

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  5. Simon's Blog - Essence of AONBs

    By Cathy Smith on November 29th, 2017

    I’ve be lucky enough to have been out and about in the Dedham Vale and Suffolk Coast & Heaths Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) for work and pleasure recently. At work we have been scoping some work about use of colour in development …

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  6. Cathy's Blog - Hope & Optimism!

    By Cathy Smith on November 29th, 2017

    Something chimed for me listening to Sir David Attenborough on BBC radio this week. When introducing Blue Planet II – it starts this weekend – he was asked about changes in the 16 years since the first Blue Plant (I paraphrase): “Apart from …

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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