Can You Dig It? Hemsby Campaigners Dig Up Their Defences in a Bid to Stop the Sea

Hemsby Sea Defence

In a desperate attempt to stop the increasing sea erosion that’s affecting Hemsby, campaigners and residents have been uprooting marram grass (known for its ability to slow oceanic erosion) from Great Yarmouth Beach to Hesmby.

The unusual Hemsby sea defence scheme has been approved by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and will see campaigners travelling to Yarmouth this Sunday with spades and shovels to complete the ‘transplant’. Volunteers are warmly invited to join, and there’s going to be a coach leaving Hemsby at 9am from the Beach Road bus stop. Alternatively, volunteers can meet at the Bowling Green on the Great Yarmouth seafront. For more information and to book a return seat on the coach contact Martin Mehmet via the Save Hemsby Coastline Facebook page.

The Hemsby sea defence marram grasses trap sand between their tufty blades, and have long been known for their sea resistant properties. Most are easy to dig up and can be transported around on a spade. They make a very cost-efficient alternative to more modern forms of sea defence, many of which cost several million pounds.

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