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  1. What does AONB mean?! Simon's Blog

    By Cathy Smith on September 28th, 2016

    What does an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) actually mean? It is a question that is often asked of me. I suspect most people understand the individual words but like so many things when you put those words together it can create …

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  2. Summer into Autumn - Cathy's Blog

    By Cathy Smith on September 28th, 2016

    As we begin September we seem to think Summer is officially over – schools go back, the Bank Holiday is over and people seem to gear up for the Autumn ahead. In fact, August is busy for the AONB team, with both AONBs’ valued volunteers going out …

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  3. What does the AONB do for me? - Simon's Blog

    By Cathy Smith on September 28th, 2016

    I was recently asked: ‘What does the AONB do for me?’ I gave an answer to a rather sceptical landowner but as I was travelling home the question rather troubled me and I began to re-run the question and what I might have said in response. The …

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  4. Summer is an ‘outstanding’ time to appreciate our Outstanding Landscapes! - Cathy's Blog

    By Cathy Smith on September 28th, 2016

    I’ll no doubt say that all the other seasons are also outstanding… so let’s enjoy this one for now! I welcome the abundance of our surroundings – lots of rain and warm weather has really helped everything grow – and although I’m not a …

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  5. Outstanding Views in Outstanding Landscapes - Simon's Blog

    By Cathy Smith on September 28th, 2016

    As an employee of an organisation that is charged with ‘conserving and enhancing’ (legal term not mine) the nationally recognised landscapes of the Suffolk Coast and Dedham Vale Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty I realise that I am in a very …

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  6. Invite! Farm Walk and Stour Valley Environment Fund event evening

    By Cathy Smith on July 27th, 2016

    You are invited to join the AONB team on a farm walk and event to promote the Stour Valley Environment Fund, kindly hosted by Jonathan and Miff Minter at Boxted. Date: Tuesday 20 September 2016Time: 6pm to 8pm Suggested donation £15 to the Stour …

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  7. Factsheet about the Habitat Enhancement works on the River Stour

    By Cathy Smith on May 25th, 2016

    Factsheet about the Habitat Enhancement works on the River Stour at Great and Little Bradley, on the Essex-Suffolk border is available to download here or see it below.

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  8. Take part in the survey about the AONB newspaper!

    By Cathy Smith on May 8th, 2016

    We'd love to know what you think of the newspapers produced by the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs)! Completing this survey will give us valuable information about how we might be able to improve both the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley …

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  9. Flatford to Dedham - advice about routes to avoid the muddy bits!

    By Cathy Smith on April 28th, 2016

    See our handy one-page map for alternative routes to walk between Flatford and Dedham, avoiding the muddy bits. Download it here to take with you on your next walk! Or view it below - the green path is the one to avoid, the pink lines are …

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  10. Join us at the 2016 AONB Forum Conference!

    By Cathy Smith on April 14th, 2016

    The theme this year is Landscape Wonders of the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley See here for further information

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