Action Plan for Alderman Canal & River Gipping

The Greenways Countryside Project manages Alderman Canal Local Nature Reserve, and the river path along the River Gipping.

Management Objectives

  1. A greener, wider river corridor.
  2. Making the area look “cared for” – encouraging local people to feel a sense of ownership.
  3. Maintaining easy access.
  4. Gradual improvement of habitats for wildlife.

Management Activities

Alderman Canal: 

  • Mow/strim vegetation either side of paths and cut back overhanging vegetation.
  • Coppice/cut most stems between path and canal to keep views of open water.
  • Coppice areas of willow, buddleia and elder, in rotation, to let light in.
  • Construct and maintain dead hedges.
  • Maintain areas of bramble scrub at their current size (don’t allow bramble to spread).
  • Annual grass cut of meadow areas to maintain grassland habitat (including encouraging growth of wild flowers), with cut material raked off and piled up to provide habitat for reptiles and amphibians.
  • Cut reedbeds on three-year rotation.
  • Remove litter from path and bank.
  • Remove floating litter (by boat).
  • Clean and maintain interpretation board and directional signage.
  • Establish path/bridge/boardwalk through western reedbed to connect with Bibb Way.
  • Assess the effectiveness of the water aeration system being installed by McCarthy and Stone.
  • Investigate measures for controlling duckweed.
  • Carry out wildlife surveys (e.g. water vole, birds, butterflies, invertebrates, flora).
  • Carry out a campaign to encouraging the public to put litter in the bins (and consider whether additional litter bins are needed).

River Gipping:

  • Mow/strim vegetation either side of the path and cut back overhanging vegetation.
  • Annual grass cut of meadow areas to maintain grassland habitat (including encouraging growth of wild flowers), with cut material raked off and piled up to provide habitat for reptiles and amphibians.
  • Remove litter from path and bank.
  • Remove floating litter (by boat) and large items of rubbish wedged in the mud.
  • Clean and maintain interpretation board and directional signage.
  • Monitor path surface and repair/improve as required.
  • Maintain bank edge revetments.
  • Carry out wildlife surveys.

A map of Alderman Canal is shown on the following page.

The complete Management Plan is available from the Greenways Project, greenways.project@ipswich.gov.uk

Map

Alderman Canal - Map
(click to enlarge)