Alderman Canal & River Gipping

Alderman Canal is a Local Nature Reserve next to Alderman Road Recreation Ground (just behind the Ipswich Town football ground). Although quite a small nature reserve, it’s location near to Ipswich town centre makes it very special.

The River Gipping flows through Ipswich and changes it’s name to the River Orwell once the river becomes tidal. The River Path alongside the Gipping is a vital link for pedestrians and cyclists – allowing travel to and from work, shops and schools as well as offering very pleasant opportunities for recreational use. The path through Ipswich is part of a 17 mile walk upstream to Stowmarket, passing through Sproughton, Bramford, Claydon and Needham Market on the way.

During the a2nipswich project , we have made it easier to get around Alderman Canal by installing two wooden footbridges, laying a boardwalk across the marshy areas and by resurfacing the path alongside the canal. We have also erected directional signs along the river path and at Alderman, and renewed the older information boards along the river.

We want the area to be enjoyable to visit and look ‘cared for’, and so we have regularly removed litter, both from the land and from the water. We have trimmed vegetation that might obstruct the paths and cut the grass alongside paths.

We have improved habitats for wildlife by cutting the reeds in the reedbed in winter, by coppicing the shrubs to let more light in, by mowing & raking the long grass areas and by constructing log piles (part-buried in the ground).

View location of Alderman Canal on Google Maps.