Celebrating the heroes of the Dedham Vale

Dedham Vale award winners
East Bergholt Futures receiving their award from Robert Erith (left) and Nigel Chapman (right)

Nominations have opened for the award that recognises the amazing contributions of individuals, groups, and organisations in the Dedham Vale National Landscape. 

The Robert Erith National Landscape Award celebrates the hard work and outstanding contributions by people to make the area an even better place for wildlife, communities, and visitors alike. 

The Dedham Vale National Landscape is one of the country’s finest landscapes, stretching from Cattawade to Bures and encompassing historic Dedham and Flatford. The area is designated as a National Landscape because of its natural beauty and national importance.

Any person, group or organisation can be nominated for the award if you believe they have made an outstanding contribution to the National Landscape. It could be a wildlife advocate, a litter picker, an inspirational teacher, a stalwart volunteer, or a community group that does great work for the environment.

Last year, a record number of nominations were made by members of the public and the winner was East Bergholt Futures, an environmental community group in the village, for the instrumental role it played in the Hedgehog Friendly Village Project, which saw several initiatives introduced to support the local hedgehog population.

Nominations can be made online, and all nominations are welcome at www.dedhamvale-NL.org.uk/awards. The closing date for nominations is Wednesday 12th June 2024.