8 Oct 2012 08:38 UTCMon 8 Oct 2012 - 8:38 am UTC
In an earlier question I sought a specific shaped manmade product to bring remedial action to shoreline erosion.
Governments with substantial budgets can invest millions to protect coastlines, harbours etc.
I seek success stories about moderate budget shoreline protection that can be undertaken by a not wealthy landowner.
8 Oct 2012 09:56 UTCMon 8 Oct 2012 - 9:56 am UTC
Coastal erosion is a hot topic for many landowners and town councils along the east coast of England. Many millions of words have been written and spoken, and millions of pounds have been spent, all on trying to hold back the relentless sea. How the problem is to be dealt with has generated many ideas and possible solutions. I must admit that at the moment without any further research I'm not sure what the current UK policy is on flood defences.
What you may be interested in as it pertains directly to your question is two examples I know of where private landowners have been fighting the sea ( as well as the bureaucrats).
Their stories can be found on the website Natural Voice of Communities.
"..a resource to be used by all the various community action groups and individuals campaigning against Government policies on shoreline management. ..Whilst individual groups usually have specific problems they are facing, ideas of how to move forward, and usually their own methods and mechanisms for campaigning, this fragmentation often works against us as we are likely facing a common supposedly well organised adversary."
The site has news items on the two individuals who have been spending their own money on sea defences. Looking at their stories it's rather too early to say if they have been successful.
Peter Boggis has been fighting the sea for several years now - as well as the local council and government agencies over his plans. Start on this story and then click the tag Peter Boggis for more articles on his story.
Michael Kennedy is engaged in the same fight against the sea.
This farmer carried out a demonstration on installing flood defence with a helicopter. He paid for this in an attempt to encourage interested agencies to work together. It may be of interest.
The associated website is
Researchers may include this as part of their answer.
8 Oct 2012 11:11 UTCMon 8 Oct 2012 - 11:11 am UTC
Thank you for your post Phil. Very interesting. Peter Boggis is a very determined man. There are huge erosion challenges all over the world. In this day and age of global warming I can only expect the needs for coastal protection will increase. If only bureaucracies could pick up their pace and try to keep up with the need for solutions small and large. Trying to arrest sea action may seem futile but I feel time can be gained if well thought out methods are tested and put in place.