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Ma­jor boost to es­tu­ary cam­paign A fundrais­ing cam­paign aimed at help­ing to fund flood de­fences to pro­tect some of Suf­folk’s most trea­sured land­scapes from be­ing lost to the sea has reached a huge mile­stone af­ter re­ceiv­ing a gen­er­ous grant.

The Save Our Suf­folk Es­tu­ary cam­paign set out in 2017 to raise £5mil­lion to help build es­sen­tial flood de­fences for the Alde and Ore River, and to up­grade old river walls. The cam­paign has now re­ceived a grant from a fam­i­ly­founded trust worth £400,000 tak­ing the to­tal to over £1mil­lion. The grant will fund work by the East Suf­folk In­ter­nal Drainage Board, a non-profit mak­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion work­ing on the busi­ness case for work at the up­per part of the es­tu­ary near Alde­burgh, Snape and Iken which will be sub­mit­ted to the En­vi­ron­ment Agency in April. It is an­tic­i­pated that con­sent will be agreed by au­tumn and en­vi­ron­men­tal mit­i­ga­tion work will start, in prepa­ra­tion for full up­grad­ing works to be­gin in early 2020.

The Save Our Suf­folk Es­tu­ary cam­paign has seen celebri­ties, busi­nesses and landown­ers join forces to high­light the im­por­tance of safe­guard­ing river de­fences. For more in­for­ma­tion: aoetrust.org

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