The Robert Erith National Landscape Award

An image showing an illustration of a dormouse use for the National Landscape Award

The Robert Erith National Landscape Award aims to recognise and highlight the achievements of individuals, groups and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to conserving and enhancing the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Stour Valley.

The Award

With the first award to be presented in 2021, this will become an annual award scheme. Award winners will receive a framed copy of a linocut print created by local artist, Jem Seeley, and produced by Drab Ltd featuring the Dedham Vale AONB’s iconic species, the Hazel Dormouse.

Why is it important to do this?

It is important to recognise the hard work and amazing contributions that people are making to improve the AONB, so it is better for wildlife, communities, and visitors.

The recognition of this annual award will hopefully inspire others to get involved in the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley to ensure its outstanding landscape, wildlife, heritage and culture is protected for all to enjoy.

Criteria for Nomination

Anyone can be put forward for the award if they have made an outstanding contribution to the AONB in any of the below areas:

  1. Landscape and farming
  2. Biodiversity
  3. Tourism
  4. Community engagement
  5. Outdoor education
  6. Culture or heritage
  7. Access to the countryside

How will the Award process work?

Nominations are open from Thursday 7th January 2021 until Sunday 7th February 2021.

The winner will be chosen from the nominations received, decided by a panel of judges including the AONB Joint Advisory Committee Chair and the AONB Manager. The Award recipient will be presented with the award at an event, with the date to be confirmed.

For more information on the Robert Erith National Landscape Award, you can contact AONB Countryside Projects Officer Emma Black by email or by phone on 01394 445225.