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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.

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Funding for your community project

More than £30,000 of grant funding now available across the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley!

Communities are invited to apply for funding from two different grant funds, offering different levels of grants for varying purposes.

The Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Stour Valley is seeking applications from community projects that represent the widest range of society possible and supports equality of opportunities to access the funds.

New to Nature Vacancy

Young people in Suffolk and Essex are being encouraged to apply for a new work placement opportunity to help care for local wildlife and the local landscape.

AONB Nature Recovery Assistant offers a young person a 12-month paid work placement, based in Ipswich. The role is funded by The National Heritage Lottery Fund.

This full-time role will offer hands-on experience to assist the planning and delivery of practical nature recovery work, central to the conservation and enhancement of natural beauty. The application deadline is 12pm on Friday 17th February 2023

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We would like your feedback! We would like to better understand how different people engage with their local community and access information.

To help us improve the way we communicate news, information, opportunities and much more about the area, please complete our short survey. Thank you.

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