About the National Landscape

The Dedham Vale National Landscape 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, known as a National Landscape. 

Landscape view of fields

What We Do

Man by a tree

How We Work

Landscape view of a river

Designation and Purpose

Crowds enjoying the Taste of Sudbury event in 2019

50th Anniversary

AONB team forming a heart

Meet the Team

Constable Country Rangers helping visitors at Dedham

Partnership Members and the NAAONB

How do I know if I am in the Dedham Vale National Landscape?

The National Landscape 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 National Landscape boundary. Copies of designation maps are available from the National Landscape 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.

Easy read instructions

The Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty explained - Easy Read (PDF)

Easy Read what is an AONB?

What is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - Easy Read (PDF)