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East Lane Bawdsey -  June 24 2009

 

 

March 9 2005  First contact

May 14  2005  Site meeting

May 31  2005  Update

June 21 2005  Expedition to cut weeds

June 28 2005  Job Done!

July 30 2005   - two flags gone and another going!

 

March 2006 update

July 2006 update

September 2006 update

 

February 2007 - a new beach!

September 2007 update

 

March 25 2008 update

 

June 24 2009 Privately-funded defences

 

June 28 2005  Shingle Street

July 30 2005   Shingle Street

June 9 East Lane 2008

Flags site

Ian Murray's photos

 

 

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The East Lane Trust at Bawdsey was set up to raise cash to fund defences. It was formally approved by Suffolk Coastal District Council in 1977. The defence are now complete, and the investment will be repaid by selling some of the land protected by the scheme to developers for housing.

It is an unique solution to funding coastal erosion as far as I know.

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The rip-rap extends from the promontory at the southern end of Shingle Street to fifty metres to the south of the Martello tower; previous attempts to protect this section of coast were thwarted by inadequate application of rock armour, that were infiltrated.

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The  artefacts at the end of East Lane, defensive positions dating from WW2 ... and a little more erosion to cope with! The issue of preserving freshwater supplies for farmer's irrigation was a factor in funding the defence scheme.

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The rock armour stretching to the north in front of the Martello tower.

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The view for the few houses in this hamlet has certainly changed, and so has the level of uncertainty as to the length of their future tenure! I liked the solitary chair put out on the flat rocks for a sea view.

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To the south are views of the fish-tail groyne, which is flat-topped down to the water, at least at high tide. The area of backwater is of interest, and it is here that further erosion may begin.

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More views of the groyne and the rock armour. The small area of beach is seen to be very steep.

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It will be some time before a 'natural' profile emerges in these beach deposits, after the mechanical re-working that has taken place here.

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Down-drift of the rock armour there is evidence of rapid recent erosion, with this year's pea crop lying unharvested for the last few metres before the cliff-top. Waves are breaking directly against the base of the cliffs.

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The profile of the beach was steep to begin with, but this high tide is sawing away chunks of shingle in real time. Oh for a video camera! The beach was probably pushed up during the moving of the rock armour, but is now being removed with vigour!

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Overviews and detail of the site and the fish-tail groyne.

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A stockpile of rock armour has been made just to the south of the Martello tower; it will certainly be needed if past experience is anything to go by!

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In East Lane is an overgrown front garden, so here is a mixture of cultivated and wild flowers - a feast!

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Suffolk Bawdsey East Lane coast defences Martello tower rip rap beaches loss fish-tail groynes wildflowers private funding

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