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.

Wilder Together in the Stour Valley

Wilder Together is a partnership project that has been created between the Suffolk and Essex Wildlife Trusts, RSPB Flatford Wildlife Garden and the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Stour Valley team.

The partnership has been established to support parish and town councils to work with their communities to create wildlife friendly villages and towns in the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley. 

Admin Support Volunteer opportunity

The Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team is looking for an Admin Support Volunteer to help out in our Ipswich office. Would you like to:

  • Work in an office environment supporting a small but busy conservation team?
  • Help with data inputting, mail outs, and other general admin tasks?
  • Help monitor varied and interesting enquiries from the public?

If you are interested or would like to find out more please get in touch with Lucy Oldham, AONB Partnership Officer at or phone 01394 445225.

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