At the Society's AGM in October, Lord Benyon was unable to attend in person because of parliamentary business, but we heard from him via a video. He is very supportive of our aims and the importance of the Dedham Vale's unique characteristics. He is planning to visit the Dedham Vale early in 2022 to reacquaint himself with our special AONB and the work that is being done by a wide variety of stakeholders to preserve and enhance it for future generations to enjoy. The text of his speech is available here.

Lord Benyon is a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Defra, the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Lord Benyon's speech to DVS AGM 2021
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