Deben Estuary, Kirton Creek © Tony Pick

Deben Estuary Partnership (DEP)

With the support of the AONB and the Environment Agency, the Deben Estuary Partnership are formulating a plan to give the local community, parish councils, landowners & local businesses more involvement in the future of their estuary.  
Their mission statement is: 
To safeguard the Deben estuary from degradation by creating management partnerships of all the interested parties, particularly local communities, working together so that future generations may continue to benefit.

Deben Tranquillity Model - report April 2018. The aim of the report is to summarise the development and success of a Thematic GIS model designed as a tool to consistently and objectively assess impact on tranquillity has been sought to conserve the tranquil nature of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB.

The core group of the DEP: Christine Block, James Foskett, Graham Henderson, Adrian Judge, Jacqui Smith, Leo Brome, Charles Lloyd, Michael Paul, Simon Read, Veronica Falconer.

Sub groups and support:

  • Saltmarsh Restoration Group (see case study downloads below) - Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB, Environment Agency, Natural England, National Trust, Landowners, River users and businesses, Parishes and Town Council.
  • Access Group - Suffolk County Council Rights of Way, Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB and EU Balance Project, numerous Parish Councils, Suffolk Coastal District Council
  • Deben Estuary Plan Project Team - Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB, Environment Agency, Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Coastal District Council, Landowners, River users and businesses, Parish Councils
  • Landowner Group - Landowners surrounding the Deben
  • Environment, Landscape and Archaeology Committee – Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club, Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB, Environment Agency, Natural England, National Trust, Landowners, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, RSPB, Waldringfield Wildlife Group, RDA
  • Business Group – River Users, PCs ( in early development stages)
  • Wider Strategic Project Team – DEP, AONB, EA, NE, SCDC, SCC

You can download the DEP newsletters to find out the latest from the Partnership or visit the Deben Estuary Plan pages to find out about the DEP's pioneering way of planning for the future of the estuary.

Public Consultation:

The DEP has completed a Public Consultation for the Plan.  Visit the DEP's website to read the Plan and discover what it means for you (consultation closed on 5/1/15).

For further information please contact  the AONB office.

Downloads and links

Simon Read - local artist and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Middlesex University combines his passion for art and working for his local community to monitor environmental impact on this landscape.  Read the article and watch the film here.

Holistic Water Project - briefing note

Deben Saltmarsh Restoration Project at Falkenham
AONB news article on Falkenham
A report from Project Leader and Designer Simon Read

Case studies
DEP Bawdsey case study
DEP Sutton Saltmarsh case study
RDA Saltmarsh buffer case study
DEP Landowner maintenence case study




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