River Gipping Trust

Restoration Manager, Ian Petchey

We have been granted planning permission for the new footbridge across the River Gipping just above Baylham. This now means we can embark on a £25,000 fundraising appeal to purchase the bridge components and install with our own volunteer workforce. The bridge will sit on top of existing 230-year-old brick abutments, be two metres wide and of hard wood construction.

When complete, it will mean that people who regularly walk the Gipping trail will avoid a two kilometre detour away from the river. The old footpath alongside the railway line is often impassable in the winter due to flooding and overgrown with weeds in summer.

Over the last few weeks volunteers have been clearing up fallen trees and removing river flow restrictions after the floods between Needham Market and Baylham, and collecting litter alongside the river that has often been washed down with the high river levels and fast flowing water. In one day we picked up over a dozen footballs! Where do they all come from?

For more information on volunteering or joining, please email me at: ian@rivergippingtrust.org.

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