As I write this, the wind is gusting over 40 knots and reminds me of one of my grandfather’s stories, which always began “It was a cold and stormy night, and the wind was howling in the rigging”. I hope that by the time you receive this magazine, the wind is no longer whistling through your shrouds and the Spring looks set fair for river pleasures.
Groundwork Suffolk and East Suffolk Councils are working together on behalf of the Greenprint Forum to engage the community and inspire awareness of the local natural heritage of the Rivers Deben, Orwell and Waveney. The project is designed to help people reduce surface water pollution entering local rivers and to improve awareness of the negative impact it has on wildlife and habitats. It aims to encourage all members of the community to work together to make a difference. A key element of the campaign is reducing litter, particularly with a focus on cigarette butts. Cigarette butts are commonly littered in streets and if they enter the surface water drains, the butts flow through the system and directly contaminate the local River. This why our key message of the campaign is ‘only rain down the drain’. Groundwork is providing information and practical advice on how to reduce environmental pollution to residents, businesses and schools. A number of events and activities have already taken place with more to come. Public drains are also being marked with a yellow fish symbol as a reminder that all litter or pollution entering the system can cause direct contamination of our rivers and streams.
The Woodbridge Riverside Trust exists to protect, preserve and enhance the character of the Deben riverside for the benefit of everyone, and to educate people about Woodbridge’s maritime heritage. They are engaged in a fascinating project in the Whisstocks Longshed to create a full-scale replica of the Sutton Hoo Anglo-Saxon royal burial ship. For more information, see their website.
The RDA’s Autumn Meeting on 29th November was well attended with over 150 members present. Giles Merritt, Lead Advisor for Natural England Coast path development in Norfolk and Suffolk, provided a lively presentation about the England Coast Path, with a particular emphasis on Suffolk and the River Deben. To read a full report of his talk, please see here.