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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.

Free National Landscape planning event

Join us for our free National Landscape Planning event on Thursday 14th March 2024 from 9:30am to 1:00pm at The Hold, in Ipswich.

Topics will include:

  • Duty on Relevant Authorities for National Landscapes
  • Lighting in National Landscapes
  • Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects
  • Biodiversity Net Gain

More than £30,000 grant funding available now!

The annual grants scheme that sees over £30,000 awarded to community projects across Essex and Suffolk has opened for applications!

Grants are available to individuals, organisations such as schools and wildlife conservationists, and community groups to fund projects that help to conserve and enhance the special landscape.

There are two grant funds open for applications, each offering different levels of funding for varying purposes. Applications are welcomed from projects that represent the widest range of society possible.

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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