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Welcome to the Dedham Vale National Landscape

Welcome to National Landscapes – the new name for the UK’s designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Dedham Vale National Landscape sits along the Suffolk-Essex border and was designated in 1970 with the purpose of conserving and enhancing the habitats and biodiversity.

National Landscapes are the places where our stories come to life. The places that make us who we are. A living patchwork where outstanding beauty isn’t only found in nature, but in communities working together to grow and change and thrive.

Our mission is to protect and regenerate these special landscapes and to make sure everyone can enjoy them. Because there’s space for so many more stories to be told. The Dedham Vale National Landscape is cared for by a Partnership, a team, and the thousands of people who live in, work in and visit it.

AONBs become National Landscapes

From Wednesday 22nd November, all designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) in England and Wales are becoming National Landscapes.

The Dedham Vale AONB has become the Dedham Vale National Landscape, reflecting its national importance and the important role it can play in the challenges faced with climate change, biodiversity loss and accessibility.

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 National Landscape 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. 

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