Large group of walkers in a field

Suffolk Walking Festival 2022

The 14th Suffolk Walking Festival launches on 14 May 2022 with over 70 guided walks over two weeks over some wild countryside, outstanding landscapes, rolling hills, forests, and coastal beauty spots. With lots of weekend, evening and family walks, the programme has accessible, short, medium, long distance walks, and challenging walks. There is something for […]

Close up of Stour Valley Path sign

Stour Valley Path temporary closure

There is a temporary closure on the Stour Valley Path in Great/Little Thurlow due to an unsafe footbridge. See map for alternative route through Great Thurlow. It is likely this will remain closed until June 2022. Find out more information about visiting the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Project Area.


Stars up, lights down!

The Dark Skies Committee is determined to involve local schools in their campaign to preserve the night skies. In November 2021 Mike Barrett, the astronomer, contributed to a practical with telescopes at Stoke by Nayland C of E Primary School. He noted how knowledgeable and enthusiastic the children were and sent them all home with one of […]

A photo of rural landscape from Nayland looking north

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Suffolk and Essex react to Government response to landscape review

The Dedham Vale and Suffolk Coast & Heaths Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) have today commented on the Government’s formal response to the review of protected landscapes. The chairs of the two AONBs, nationally significant landscapes that cover large parts of Suffolk and Essex, welcome the Government’s recent response to the Designated Landscapes Review […]

Dedham Vale Management Plan Launch at Assington Mill

New Management Plan for the future of the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley

Plans to conserve and enhance the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Stour Valley over the next five years have been announced with the launch of a new Management Plan for the area.   The plan, which will run until 2026, will guide decision making in the nationally important landscape and has been developed in consultation with environmental, commercial, agricultural, and community interests.   To mark the launch of the plan, […]

Aerial view of fields and villages

Farming in Protected Landscapes webinar

The National Association of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NAAONB) is pleased to confirm a new date for the Farming in Protected Landscapes webinar, designed to support anyone looking to make an application to the scheme. The free webinar will be held on Tuesday 14th December from 5:00-6:15pm. Please register in advance for the free webinar. […]

Church seen from some fields

Significant new funding available to support farmers and land managers in Suffolk and Essex

A new Farming in Protected Landscapes programme will provide significant financial support for farmers and landowners to help deliver activity for project outcomes relating to climate, nature, people, and place. The programme, funded by The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), will see nearly £1 million invested across the Coast & Heaths and Dedham Vale Areas of Outstanding […]


Free swift boxes available!

We are pleased to say to we have free swift boxes available to give out to suitable locations in Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). We can give out boxes based on the following two scenarios: We can give 1-6 boxes out if the host will pay for a swift caller to be […]

Flatford riverside – Ben Heather

Celebrating the heroes of our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Nominations have opened for the award that recognises the amazing contributions of individuals, groups, and organisations in the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).  The Robert Erith National Landscape Award recognises the hard work and outstanding contributions by people to make the area an even better place for wildlife, communities, and visitors alike.  Anyone can be put forward for the award if you believe they have made an outstanding […]