Spotlight to shine on coastal schemes

INNOVATIVE schemes that aim to safeguard Suffolk’s historic coastline against the threat of erosion and climate change will be put under the spotlight at a major conference.

The event - taking place on October 4 at Thorpeness Country Club - will showcase projects from local groups and highlight how they are working to preserve the landscape for future generations.

It is hosted by the Suffolk Coast Forum, which comprises community groups, Suffolk County Council, the Environment Agency, local councils and other organisations.

Speakers include Jim Hutchison, regional flood and coast manager for the Environment Agency, and professor Mike Cowling, who will explain the role of The Crown Estate. Graham Henderson will also be talking on the future of the Deben Estuary, while Gary Richens will be relating the experience of Shotley Community Group.

David Ritchie, chairman of the Suffolk Coast Forum, who will open the conference said the


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conference will highlight the importance of Suffolk’s coastal landscape and the need for all to work in partnership. “We face many challenges: coastal erosion, pollution and the consequences of climate change,” he said. “All of this means this event is timely, and I hope it will be the first of many such opportunities to showcase the fantastic work that many local groups are already doing.”

Mr Henderson, founder member of the Deben Estuary Partnership, added: “People care a great deal about the Suffolk coast and its estuaries. This event highlights our collective effort to tackle the threats and grab the opportunities that face us now and in the future.

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“With relatively little money but a lot of energy and commitment, we can work together to safeguard and conserve a special landscape that we want to pass on to future generations.” To book a place visit www.greensuffolk.org, call 01473 260182 or email janet.waters@suffolk.gov.uk.

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