Sunday 29th July and Sunday 26th August – Woodbridge Rubbish Walks

Venue: The Tea Hut Woodbridge  Cost: free (apart from the cuppa) No need to book. 

Want to feel good whilst you walk, meet new people  and give something back to the environment – all at the same time? Then why not join Rubbish Walks Woodbridge for a couple of hours of  litter picking on the last Sunday of each month. It is hosted by Jon Alcock and Jason Alexander. Jon regularly shares his ‘rubbish walks’, insights, thoughts and observations on his popular Facebook page.

Each month’s route will be slightly different, but each walk will be filled with conversation, fresh air, the odd stop to take in the breathtaking scenery and plenty of litter picking. The sessions are very informal and  start with a cuppa at the Tea Hut,  and usually 7-8 people turn up, either with their own bin bag or Jason can supply one. To give you an idea, a recent walk included a stroll to Kyson Point, returning via the woods and playing fields to the Tea Hut.

For more information, contact: Jason Alexander

Tel: 07834 375917

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Monday 30th July to Saturday 4th August Beach Clean Challenge Lowestoft to Landguard Point Felixstowe

You may wish to support Jason Alexander in his  Beach Clean Challenge. He’ll be starting  at Lowestoft on Monday July 30th and travelling south along 12 Suffolk beaches over six days collecting as much litter as possible, and would welcome other people to come along and help.

Friday 3 August – 9am – Shingle Street. He will be starting at the Shingle Street car park at 9am and head towards Bawdsey Quay.

Friday 3 August – 12.30pm – Bawdsey East Lane. He will be at the East Lane car park at 12.30pm and will then carry on towards Bawdsey Quay.

Saturday 4 August – 9am – Felixstowe Ferry. He will be at the Ferry Boat car park at 9am and will head towards Felixstowe Pier.

For more information, contact: Jason Alexander

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Saturday August 18 to Monday 20th August Havergate Adventure 2018

Venue: Havergate Island

RSPB Woodbridge is running the Havergate Adventure again for the 30th year.

It will run over three days from the 18th to the 20th August. Families, individuals, those new to bird watching and those with experience are all welcome to see what birds and other wildlife you can find on our guided tour of Suffolk’s only island.

Boats depart Orford Quay hourly from 9.30.a.m. to 1.30p.m. Tours last 2 hrs 40 mins.

Tickets: Adults £15.00, under 16’s £3.00.

 Free binocular hire and homemade refreshments available to purchase on the island.

To book please visit the Havergate website on

Or, for more information call the Havergate Office on 01394 450732.

Friday 24th to Monday 27th August (Bank Holiday Weekend) Ferry Fest Felixstowe

Venue: Ferry Felixstowe

Cost: Ticket prices will be low and some events will be free of charge

It is proposed to offer free transport to and from Felixstowe Town Centre, to reduce congestion and parking at the Ferry. 

Ferry Fest Felixstowe is an exciting new event in Felixstowe’s community and cultural calendar – a celebration of arts and community at Felixstowe Ferry. Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club, St Nicholas Church and the Millennium Green will host live music, art, craft, dance, photography, theatre, a ceilidh, beachcombing, a beer and cider festival, hog roasts, picnics, a pirate themed family day and more.

The festival has an environmental message  and  includes opportunities to appreciate the natural setting on the River Deben estuary. Wildlife walks and talks, local storytelling, a photography competition, and a plastic pirate, Captain Fanplastic, made by pupils at Kingsfleet Primary School from non-recyclable items of rubbish. All this will help to highlight the issue of marine pollution and conservation.

The event also aims to benefit local causes, including Riverside and Youth sailing and coastal rescue services.

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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.