Volunteers clearing Himalayan Balsam

Help Clear River Stour and its tributaries of Himalayan Balsam

Himalayan Balsam is an invasive non-native plant that grows on river banks in the river Stour Catchment out-competing native plants and destabilising river banks. To help stop the spread of this invasive plant we are organising two, two week long  Himalayan Balsam pulling work parties, along the River Stour and two of it’s tributaries the river […]

Arger Fen

Go Wild in the Stour Valley this Half Term

The Stour Valley Education Network are encouraging families to ‘Go wild in the Stour Valley’ this half term.. The Stour Valley offers a wide range of activities for the whole family to enjoy from walking in the stunning landscape, exploring the River Stour by canoe or boat or by stepping back in time during a […]

Munnings Museum

New exhibition at the Munnings Art Museum

The Stour Valley is a nationally significant area for artists, positioned on the border between Essex and Suffolk – an area sometime referred to as Constable Country – and under an hour by train from London. With its wide skies, abundant natural light and gentle green horizon, this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is an […]


EA Festival this summer

Look out for the new EA Festival at Hedingham Castle from July 31st to August 1st 2021.  Featuring both local luminaries and internationally recognised stars, this new festival aims to invigorate the cultural scene in East Anglia. With a top line-up including Susie Dent, John Lloyd, Arizona Muse, William Sieghart and Evelyn Glennie as well […]

Fen Bridge

Fen Footbridge closure

Fen Footbridge located between Dedham and Flatford will be closed until further notice (National Grid Reference: NGR TM 06742 33609). This is due to ongoing health & safety inspections and monitoring which now indicate the bridge is in danger of collapse so under no circumstances should anyone attempt to navigate beneath the bridge at present. […]

Church seen from some fields

Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Forum 2021

We are delighted to be able to present the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Forum 2021, Reflections on the past and opportunities for the future. The event will take place via Zoom on Thursday 17th June from 9:20am to midday. Topics covered will include nature recovery, archaeology, young people on conservation and the environment and […]

Lake in a village

Landscape Lens – How will it all work?

Landscape Lens is a fixed-point photography project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to encourage residents and visitors to connect with the landscape.  How will it all work? There will be 15 photography locations across the Coast & Heaths AONB and Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Project area. Each will have a post, […]

Untitled design

Landscape Lens taking shape

Over the last year we have all been exploring our local area more, engaging with the countryside and discovering new walk and hopefully you will have noticed how truly special the AONB is. It showcases such an amazing variety of landscapes, from the beautiful river, ancient woodlands, scenery that inspired Constable, to wildlife populated estuaries.  […]

Aerial view of fields and villages

Focus on Landscape Lens

Last year was the 50th anniversary of Dedham Vale and Coast & Heaths both being designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).  As part of this celebration, we were awarded a grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for £129,000, to run a series of initiatives to celebrate this milestone. Throughout last year we […]