The Dedham Vale Area was granted status as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1970.
The AONB identified, maintains and promotes the Stour Valley Path, that runs upriver all the way to Newmarket, snaking lazily through the Wool Towns area. The AONB is now promoting The Stour Valley Project which is driving river restoration and seeks to develop partnerships across the region to help meet project objectives.
One of the benefits of this project activity will be further identification of the many visitor benefits on offer across the wider AONB area. Wool Towns straddle the River Stour Path and both the River, and its local communities are a major attraction to Tourists.
As the AONB seeks funding to invest further in this lovely area, the Wool Towns Association is pleased to partner with the AONB team and offer support in their work with funding bodies.