Maintenance and restoration work in and alongside the river with the River Gipping Trust.

Covid 19

We have re-started our working parties and are following the Government guidelines of observing strict social distancing. You must bring your own food and drink and we will not be able to use our work party headquarters at either site. We will provide hand cleaning equipment but not masks.

Following the latest Government guidelines we will be restricting to 6 the number of people at our working parties. We have sought more guidance on this decision.

The Trust have working parties every Wednesday throughout the year starting around 9.00 a.m.

We are currently working at Pipps Ford. Work at Baylham is now complete but we return from time to time for general maintenance work like clearing up fallen trees etc. 

We have resumed work at Pipps Ford after finishing the repairs to the accommodation bridge over the lock tail. A new timber bridge has been transported to the site and erected. We now need to consider how to install the new stop planks top and bottom of the lock.

To find our work site at Baylham use these cordinates for your satnav  –  52:7:56.547N 1:5:7.824E or this link – in Google maps.

Pipps Ford is not quite so straightforward. Use these coordinates in your satnav – 52:8:44.542N 1:4:45.783E or this link in Google maps – . I’m afraid the Google maps car didn’t go all the way to Pipps Ford so the links above will only get you to the entrance from the roundabout off the A14. To get to the site, go down the drive and turn right at the next signpost.

Note that at Pipps Ford you must park near the house and walk down to the work site but there is plenty of car parking space at Baylham.

If you would like to join us, email Ian Petchey our Restoration Manager, at or call him for more details. If you are viewing this on your mobile there should be a phone link at the foot of the page.

You don’t need any special skills, just a willingness to help. We will supply you with safety gear like gloves, goggles and a hard hat but you’ll have to bring your own safety footwear (steel toe cap and sole plate). Our work site is governed by the H&S At Work Regulations and as such PPE is mandatory.

There are, of course, numerous tea breaks and you can even check the weather forecast before you turn up!


This graph shows the current water levels at Creeting St Mary. The gauge itself is built in the watercourse that runs from Earl Stonham into the River Gipping along side Mill Lane. You can get historic data about the river levels by clicking on the word Creeting. Since the meter was installed in 1980 The lowest level ever recorded was 0.118 mtrs on the 19th August 1997 and the highest was 1.506 mtrs on the 3rd May 2012. Anything above 0.8mtrs would trigger a possible flooding alert.