Showcasing the River Deben. Book this date in your diary!

Monday 10th December BBC 1 East at 7.30 p.m. (30 minutes)

This programme forms part of the BBC series to be called ‘River Walks’. The River Deben has been chosen to represent the East of England.

Natural history presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff (of the Coast Programme) walks along the enchanting River Deben in Suffolk. From Sutton Hoo, famous for its archaeological treasures, to Ramsholt Quay, she walks past salt marshes, tidal lagoons and through wooded groves. Along the way she discovers the river’s history and wildlife and meets the people whose lives are shaped by it.

For more information, see here.

Autumn Meeting 29 November – The England Coast Path

Autumn Meeting

Woodbridge Community Hall

Thursday 29th November 2018 at 6.30 p.m.


The England Coast Path

By Giles Merritt

Lead Adviser England Coast Path Delivery (Norfolk and Suffolk Team)

Natural England

Giles has been working on the England Coast path for a number of years, most recently in Essex. He will be talking about the genesis of the idea for an England Coast Path, the routes which are currently in place and the challenges that Natural England have faced in implementing the government’s plans. He will also talk about the progress of the path in Suffolk and in particular the options for a coast path between Bawdsey and Felixstowe Ferry.


Melton Hill Planning Application update

Many people will be aware that the old Suffolk Coastal Council offices have been sold to a developer, subject to satisfactory planning consent being received. The design and layout of the scheme presented in the planning application were approved in principle in October but full approval is subject to details subject to details of affordable housing and parking being approved. The approval was given despite more than 300 letters of objection being sent in to the planning department, including a letter of objection from the RDA. The objections mainly centred on the height, scale and density of the proposed new 100 residential units, and in the case of the RDA’s objection, their effect on the riverscape. Other objections included the demolition of the existing offices and the Victorian buildings fronting Melton Hill, the design of the new buildings and the lack of adequate parking. Full details of the application can be found on Suffolk Coastal’s website under reference DC/17/2840/FUL

So far, the final approval is still awaited.



Autumn talk on saltmarshes

The RDA opened its Autumn 2017 meeting to non-members, as well as members, to hear Karen Thomas from the Water Management Alliance talk about Saltmarshes.   The committee felt strongly that the wonders of the Deben’s saltmarshes (which account for 40% of all of Suffolk saltmarshes) should be more widely known and appreciated and so invited members of the local community to attend. The talk attracted at least 120 people, with more than half being non-members.

Attendees were invited to fill in the questionnaire below, and if you missed your chance to do so, it’s not too late. Please complete the form and either e-mail it to: or send it to:

Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB
Dock Lane
IP12 1PE

Marine Pioneer public questionnire 8qs

Saltmarsh Restoration Report – Sep 17

The information in this report has been gathered from many sources and provides a record for the River Deben Association (RDA) and other interested parties. It considers the current state of the saltmarshes on the River Deben and gives some possible reasons for their deterioration together with other observations. Proposals are made for a possible trial to help restore badly eroded areas.