The Stour Valley Volunteers have worked across the Dedham Vale for over 25 years. The primary focus has always been improving the landscape, habitat and access facilities to the area but a secondary achievement has been to improve the health and wellbeing of participants and residents and visitors.
The team has evolved over the years and diversified into different areas of work including: work as footpath wardens, information rangers, a youth ranger scheme and running events.
Many of the volunteers take newer members or those with particular needs under their wing. The team have promoted the AONB communities and visitors’ physical health and well-being by encouraging people to get out and enjoy the area or help enhance the outstanding landscape. In addition many support those that come to volunteer that have mental health problems or are recovering from a difficult personal moment in their lives.