All work parties have been cancelled in accordance with National lockdown rules. The last work party held was on December 16th when we planted 200 trees. It looks like we might be able to return to work on Wednesday 31st March, in groups no greater than 6. Our priority will be to help clear up the footpaths after the recent floods and to restore the 230 year old brick bridge abutments at Baylham in readiness for the new footbridge.

The Trust have submitted their Biodiversity Enhancement Strategy of the bridge area to Mid Suffolk Planning for their consideration and also an IWA report on Water Vole Activity. When these and the submitted Environment Agency Permit are approved volunteers can start work on abutments and Trustees can consider ordering the footbridge materials ready for installation.
Although we haven’t been busy on the ground we have been asked to comment on two planning applications on sites near the river. The first is next to the lane leading down to Pipps Ford and the other is a huge development outside Stowmarket called ‘Gateway 14’.
To see the applications on line, here’s the one off the A14/A140 junction and this is Gateway 14.


River levels along the Gipping have been very high recently….. photos and video follow.

Flooding at Pipps Ford and Baylham – 29 January 2021