December 5 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, August 17, 2013
A group dedicated to safeguarding an important stretch of Suffolk coastline has been hard at work in a bid to protect against erosion.
The innovative project has been commissioned by the Alde & Ore Estuary Partnership (AOEP).
It is hoped a complex structure of hazel faggots and posts will capture sediment and help rebuild the saltmarsh, protecting against erosion and creating a stable environment.
Work is already complete at a site in Aldeburgh, while it is also set to get under way close to Orford Quay. Following that there will be a larger trial on the banks defending Aldeburgh Town Marshes.
David McGinity, chairman of the AOEP’s saltmarsh group, said: “I am absolutely delighted to see the start of this work. A lot of time and effort has gone into this, both from volunteers and the partners involved in funding and supporting the project and we are extremely grateful for their involvement.”
The scheme has been financed through Suffolk County Council, the Environment Agency (EA), local county councillor Richard Smith’s locality budget, The Jackson Trust and the Alde and Ore Association. It has also been supported by Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB and Natural England.
Mr Smith, the council’s cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “I am delighted that these salting restoration trials are now underway, and so easily viewed from the river walls. It is not only the defences that benefit, but the community can enjoy the enriched biodiversity as well.”
The EA’s Karen Thomas said the work was of great interest as it could help reduce the cost of future flood defence maintenance.
To help the AOEP with the project email firstname.lastname@example.org.