A joint application from the Suffolk Coast & Heaths and Dedham Vale Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is one of 15 to be awarded a share of £7.4million from the National Lottery.
The project will celebrate the 50th anniversary of both areas, which were formally designated in 1970, and will encourage residents and visitors to connect with the landscapes. The £129,000 grant from the National Lottery will help the AONBs celebrate the 50th anniversary milestone by connecting people with the landscape.
Both AONBs have very different and unique landscapes. The Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB is made up of largely tranquil and unspoilt landscape with wildlife-rich estuaries, ancient heaths, windswept shingle beaches and historic towns and villages, while the Dedham Vale is characterised by a lowland English river valley landscape with significant cultural heritage made famous by artists including Constable and Gainsborough. A photography initiative will see the installation of fixed-point photography posts across both AONBs and visitors will be invited to share their photographs on a dedicated website with the aim of building a unique record of the changing landscapes through the seasons over the next five years.
Since 1994, the National Lottery has invested £829million into nature and wildlife projects and this round of funding will help threatened species and habitats – from the seas of the Northern Isles to parkland in Devon.