Dedham Vale AONB & Stour Valley Management Plan Consultation

1. Help shape the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley Landscape

The Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Stour Valley is one of Britain’s finest landscapes.

The Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley has a strong cultural significance and is associated with artists, including the renowned landscape artist and painter John Constable. The quantity and quality of historic buildings and hidden archaeology contribute to the areas cultural importance.

The AONB extends from Manningtree/Cattawade in the east to the edge of Bures in the west. It covers 90 square miles along the River Stour in Essex and Suffolk, and includes the historic towns and villages of Dedham, East Bergholt, Flatford, Nayland and Stoke-By-Nayland.

The Stour Valley continues beyond the designated AONB from Bures, past Sudbury and Haverhill. This is known as the Stour Valley Project Area. You can view the map on our website.

The Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Project Area is cared for by a partnership of 26 organisations, all working towards conserving and enhancing this special landscape. Activity in the AONB is coordinated by a Management Plan.

The Management Plan is the overarching strategy that outlines the vision for the area for the next five years. Your responses to this survey will help shape the future of the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley area.
Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. The deadline for your feedback is Monday 5th April 2021 at midday.