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Event: Combating Coastal Erosion and Climate Change in East Anglia

May 18, 2012

Calling all residents, landowners, organisations, experts, authorities, academia & media

Thurs 14 June 2012, 7pm

Happisburgh Village Hall (Capacity 100)

Wenn Evans Centre, Blacksmiths Lane, Happisburgh, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 0QT

12m of coast per year eroded by the sea

Coastal erosion at Happisburgh, Norfolk

This is a meeting to discuss defending the local coastline from erosion – by introducing vegetation to stabilise the coastal landscape and help to correct rainfall patterns.

New strategies to consider urgent human factors including tourism, agriculture and national food security:  Environmental factors such as existing and new wildlife habitats: Climate factors  such as prolonged drought and flash floods.

Coastal planting to protect local communities in New Zealand

Hear how in New Zealand, with coastal erosion, terrain and climate similar to ours, coastal planting has successfully created natural, living sea defences by encouraging community planting of coastal woodland and vegetation. This has dramatically reduced coastal erosion and maintenance costs.

A local pilot demonstration is proposed for East Anglia in parallel with a study including assessments of the applicability to the UK of the New Zealand Government methods and guidelines; the impact of the pilot on local climate, potentially benefiting reservoirs and farmland; data on sediment flow around the British coastline.

For more information and to register visit http://erosion.eventbrite.co.uk/

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 18, 2012 9:22 pm

    A member of our team presented Operation OASIS and our plan to combat coastal erosion in East Anglia to David Cameron. David has already responded positively and forwarded to Caroline Spelman (Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.) We are expecting a publication in a regional daily newspaper shortly to highlight the meeting in Happisburgh which will hopefully be well attended. We have a capacity of 100 seats and 30 are reserved for key stakeholders. Hope to see you there. Best wishes Andrew

  2. May 23, 2012 5:47 pm

    I think that there is a lot of companies that deserve green awards for trying to build in a way that wont cause errosion on the beach. It is a more expensive method and requires being farther away from the edge, but I think it is important to support the long term integrity of the hill.

  3. July 24, 2012 10:39 am

    Thanks for your comment Bjorn, I agree building close to the beach can amplify erosion and should be avoided, especially where buildings are erected on dune systems. I also agree that we need to protect the integrity of the hill / cliff and the best way to achieve this is to bring the cliffs down to a 30 degree or less incline so that the cliffs are not undermined by wave action at the toe and the sloped face avoids direct impact during storms so that gravity and friction on the sloped face reduce the seed and height of the waves and then return the wave back down the slope to counter the next incoming wave, resulting in sand and aggregate being released at the toe of the slope, which will help to build up the front as it does on dune systems.

    Planting salt tolerant trees on the slope will increase friction and soil stability greatly enhancing the resilience to storm surges and further help by capturing salt spray, which would normally be present on agricultural land under extreme weather conditions.

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