What is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)?

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is a nationally designated important landscape cared for by a Partnership, a team, and the thousands of people who live in, work in and visit it.

Dedham Vale was designated in 1970 with the purpose of conserving and enhancing the habitats and biodiversity.

The Partnership and team provide a lead on key issues that affect its future, supporting and facilitating the work of others.


Free Wildlife-Friendly Gardening Online Talk and Q&A

Would you like to learn more about wildlife-friendly gardening? Have you always wanted your garden to be a haven for wildlife?

Join us for a FREE online talk on Thursday 14th July at 6pm. If you’re new to gardening, find out how you can support nature and wildlife.

You will find out all of the basics and learn more about the simple things you can do to help nature and wildlife in your own outdoor space, no matter how big or small your garden is!

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Go Wild in the Stour Valley 2022

A number of fun outdoor educations events are taking place throughout the year in the Dedham Vale & Stour Valley!

As well as events, the Stour Valley Education Network (SVEN) have also created self-guided family trails which you can visit and do for free.

Dedham Vale newspaper front cover

Brand new AONB newspaper for 2022-23!

Hot off the press! Our brand new, free AONB newspaper is now available to read online, or pick up a copy from 100s of locations around the area.

This year our theme is climate change. Find out the impacts of climate change on wildlife, nature and the landscape in our special area, and what you can do to help.

Plus, lots of great information and content, including:

  • Walking guides & maps
  • Visitor highlights
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Birds and wildlife
  • Farming projects
  • Nature recovery work
  • Updates from the RSPB, National Trust and more

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