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Woman and children in front of beach houses


A photo of two women and a boy collecting litter from Felixstowe Beach


Coastguard cottages at Dunwich Heath


Welcome to the Suffolk & Essex Coast & Heaths National Landscape

Welcome to National Landscapes – the new name for the UK’s designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Suffolk & Essex Coast & Heaths National Landscape stretches from Kessingland in North Suffolk, down to the Stour Estuary in North Essex.

The Suffolk & Essex Coast & Heaths National Landscape was designated in 1970 and is cared for by a Partnership, a team, and the thousands of people who live in, work in and visit it.

It is a diverse and ever changing landscape. You can enjoy a low-lying coast of shingle and sand, ancient woodland, forest, lowland heaths, farmland, valley meadowlands, estuaries, marshes, and historic towns and villages.

What does it mean to live and work in an National Landscape? We've put together some useful information to provide an introduction and everything you need to know!

The Coast & Heaths newspaper front cover

Brand new 2024 National Landscape newspaper

Our brand new 2024 National Landscape newspaper is out now! It's completely free and has lots of useful information about the Suffolk & Essex Coast & Heaths, including:

  • Walking guides & maps
  • Visitor highlights
  • Photography
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Birds and wildlife updates
  • National Landscape news

The free newspapers can be collected from over 200 locations across the National Landscape, or can be read online now!

Annual award open for nominations

Nominate your environmental hero to win the 2024 David Wood National Landscape Award.

This annual award recognises the outstanding achievements that have been made by individuals, groups or organisations in the Suffolk & Essex Coast & Heaths National Landscape.

It could be a wildlife advocate, a litter picker, an inspirational teacher, a stalwart volunteer, or a community group that does great work.

A volunteer raking a meadow

Sustainable Development Fund grants available

Got an idea for an environmental project? £44,000 of grant funding is available through our annual Sustainable Development Fund.

22 projects were funded last year including guided walks, bird boxes, primary school wildlife areas, art workshops & more.

Grants awarded are typically between £500 - £5,000. The closing date for applications is Friday 24th May 2024.

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