About the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
The Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Stour Valley Project consists of a small team focusing on conserving and enhancing the special qualities of the Stour Valley, but this is only one element of a much wider group of organisations committed to this work.
The landscape of the Stour Valley with its vibrant communities and rich agricultural history has inspired generations of artists, writers and painters.
As well as these strong cultural connections, the valley has abundant wildlife living in the mosaic of habitats along the river valley. Large numbers of visitors are drawn to appreciate and enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of the countryside and explore its rich historical associations.
These special qualities are vulnerable to a wide variety of changing pressures, particularly in the lower part of the valley, that is nationally designated as AONB.
How do I know if I am in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)?
The AONB Boundary is shown on Google Maps (as a light green area). Although Google should not be treated as the definitive line it provides a good indication of the AONB boundary. Copies of designation maps are available from the AONB team.
Easy Read Guides to the Dedham Vale
These two Easy Read guides are designed to make written information more accessible and easier to understand. The two guides explain what an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is, and more about the Dedham Vale.