The Stour & Orwell Forum

Each year the Stour & Orwell Estuaries Management Group holds a public Forum, which is a popular event in the calendar.  It is the Group's main opportunity to communicate its work to the public and to hear directly from local communities.  Is well-attended by the Parish Councils around the estuaries and from further afield too.  Lively discussions on key issues are guaranteed.

FORUM 2019

The Stour & Orwell Forum 2019 will be held on the morning of Friday 6th September, 9.30am - 1pm, at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club, Marine Rd, Woolverstone, IP9 1AT. See programme here.

There is an optional guided walk commencing 1.45pm, and lasting no more than 45 minutes, to go and look at maritime trees & woodland close to the Yacht Club.

To book a place please contact our office by email providing the following information: name, organisation representing, e-mail address, any special dietary requirements and whether you would like to attend the walk.

Previous Fora

The 2018 Forum was held on Tuesday 17th July, at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club, Marine Rd, Woolverstone, IP9 1AT. See the programme here.

The 2017 Forum was held on Tuesday 4th July, at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club, Marine Rd, Woolverstone, IP9 1AT. See the programme here.

The 2016 Forum was held on 6 July 2016 at Suffolk Food Hall near Ipswich. The Programme is available to view/download here:
An audience of 70 people (about half from organisations and half from the public) enjoyed the following presentations, some of which are available as pdf documents if you follow the links:

  • Power to the Estuaries by Chris Sugars, UK Power Networks  (UKPN's project to upgrade the service from Ipswich to Harwich via Felixstowe and Shotley, drilling under the estuaries)
  • The South East Marine Plan by Pete Cosgrove, Marine Management Organisation (Developing the new Marine Plan that will affect these estuaries) 
  • Connectivity and Joined-up thinking by Stephen Thompson, Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Agency (Learn about Bass, the value of saltmarsh and being connected)
  • The Spectacle of Birds by Rick Vonk, RSPB (a reminder of why these estuaries are so special for international bird life)
  • Stour & Orwell Estuaries Strategy Review and Update by Haidee Stephens, Suffolk Estuaries Officer, SOEMG (a run through of the main topics in the 2015 Strategy review)
  • Three Rivers Landscape Project by Simon Amstutz, Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB (about the AONB's proposed HLF project focusing on 'Life On the Edge')

In 2015 the Forum was held at Suffolk Food Hall on 14 July.

Speakers included all three of our local ports presenting a triple-update, a photographic tour of the underwater world of our estuaries, the RSPB’s Turtle Dove project, a talk on neighbourhood planning and a look at the rollout of the England Coast Path in our area.

Some of the presentations are available below:

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