Press release: Project to help protect coastal defences and the environment

first_img We identified this site as the Colne estuary is ecologically significant and the eroding channel was right in front of the sea wall. The Colne has been chosen as one of four priority catchments in East Anglia, as part of a pilot project to focus on environmental outcomes across the area. We are delighted with the progress of the installation phase of the project. In partnership with Essex Wildlife Trust, we are looking forward to monitoring the impact the structures have, and to what extent, in protecting and restoring the saltmarsh over the coming months and years.center_img The partnership project between the Environment Agency and Essex Wildlife Trust has involved placing coir rolls in the Colne estuary to act as structures, which allow the sediment in the water to settle in the right place so that the saltmarsh can flourish.The saltmarsh is gradually eroding due to climate change and the coastal squeeze, as it lies between the sea wall and the estuary channel. It currently acts as a buffer between the estuary and the sea defences so if it erodes, it means the defences are not as protected. It is also an important habitat for nesting birds and young fish.Officers from the Environment Agency spent two days installing 21 structures, using 75 coir rolls, which have been held in place by wooden stakes and hessian rope.This is the first time coir rolls have been used by the Environment Agency in East Anglia to restore saltmarsh and the results of this experiment will be assessed over the next year.Becky Mason and Kirk Markham, priority catchment officers for the Colne, said:last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal charity has been overwhelmed by the generosity of one Donegal teenager who kindly donated money he had been saving to the organisation. Cara House Family Resource Centre are a fantastic local charity that are involved and immersed in a number of local initiatives.Cara House helps support and promote the importance of well-being of individuals and families in the locality.They provide this by engaging in a number of social, recreational and educational activities.Staff at the popular facility were left gobsmacked earlier today by the generosity of Donegal teenager Matthew Murray. Matthew had saved €118 – but instead of spending it on himself – he decided to donate his money to Cara House.He decided to donate it to Cara House when he was made aware of the projects and work they do at the resource centre.Well done Matthew. 🙂                     LOCAL CHARITY ASTOUNDED BY GENEROSITY OF YOUNG DONEGAL MAN was last modified: October 14th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Featuresnewslast_img read more