This award celebrates the work people do to enhance and conserve the Dedham Vale AONB.

The Award

With the first award to be presented in 2021, this will become an annual award scheme. Award winners will receive a framed copy of a linocut print created by local artist, Jem Seeley, and produced by Drab Ltd featuring the Dedham Vale AONB’s iconic species, the Hazel Dormouse.

Why is it important to do this?

It is important to recognise the hard work and amazing contributions that people are making to improve the AONB, so it is better for wildlife, communities, and visitors.

The recognition of this annual award will hopefully inspire others to get involved in the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley to ensure its outstanding landscape, wildlife, heritage and culture is protected for all to enjoy.

Criteria for Nomination

Anyone (people groups or organisations) can be put forward for the award if they have made an outstanding contribution to the AONB in any of the below areas:

  • Landscape and farming
  • Biodiversity
  • Tourism
  • Community engagement
  • Outdoor education
  • Culture or heritage
  • Access to the countryside

How does the process work?

Nominations are open from Thursday 7th January 2021 until Sunday 7th February 2021. The winner will be chosen from the nominations received, decided by a panel of judges including the AONB Joint Advisory Committee Chair and the AONB Manager. The Award recipient will be presented with the award at an event, with the date to be confirmed.

Nominations for 2021 are now closed, but please keep an eye out for next year's competition at the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley website. 

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