THE PROJECT - STAGE TWO
The River Wall: Saving our footpath and creating a freshwater wildlife reserve
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Click on the links on the left of this page to follow the progress of Stage Two - an exciting phase which will provide flood protection to the north of the village, by improving the quality of the river wall footpath whilst creating the foundations to transform Dairy Farm Marsh into a vibrant and sustainable freshwater wildlife sanctuary. The vision of the late Rev'd John Pretyman-Waller.
This Stage will also involve restoring the saltmarsh, a vital part of this estuary's SSSI and Ramsar status. The saltmarsh forms natural flood defences and attracts many species of wildlife. Areas along Stage Two are severely eroded and so raising them will encourage new vegetation as well as prolong the life of the new river wall.
On 16th April 2015 Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB announced its decision to award WFDG with a Sustainable Development Fund of £4,000 towards restoring the saltmarsh. The Group gives its sincere thanks for this contribution and the continued support of this AONB.
This Stage of the project is a partnership between Waldringfield Flood Defence Group, the Pretyman-Waller Trust and the East Suffolk Internal Drainage Board. Work is expected to go into early June 2015.
Special thanks are given to David and Alan Parken for their understanding and generosity in providing site and welfare facilities to the IDB.
PUBLIC NOTICE - FOOTPATH CLOSURE: Please note that the footpath along the estuary wall is closed until June 2015. We appreciate people are keen to see the project and anyone walking along this wall is doing so at their own risk. When machinery is operating on the wall, access will be prevented. A new footpath will be reinstated as part of the works. Thank you for your patience, Karen Thomas East Suffolk IDB, t 01553 819 600.