Work so far

Shotley Heritage Park

Since 2012, we have been maintaining Shotley Heritage Park.

This includes, hedge trimming, keeping the footpaths clear of hazards, grass mowing and strimming with regular inspections of the area.

Coastal Paths

We look after the condition of the coastal path by spreading granite chippings where necessary. Material costs are funded by the parish council from their maintenance budget and labour provided by our volunteers at no cost.

Signage within Shotley Haritage Park

Most recently, the new directional signs adjacent to Cockle Creek.

Bristol Hill Picnic Area

We are responsible for the maintenance of he concrete sea wall around the picnic area and leading up to the sheet piles.

Storm Damage

Undertake necessary assessment and work to clear areas in and around Shotley to ensure the community can continue to use them following bad weather.

Community rehabilitation partnership

Much of the work we do involves using the additional services of the Norfolk and Suffolk Community Rehabilitation Company. We have developed an excellent working relationship with this group allowing us to achieve significant improvements for our village.

Marsh Lane footpath improvements

In 2015 major improvements were made by Suffolk County Council’s Rights of Way Team to this footpath down to Shotley Marina. This was a result of our efforts to work in partnership with our local Parish Council to secure additional funding from the Suffolk Foundation.

As a result, it is now much more accessible to a wider range of people and we have seen a significant increase in its use.

 Marsh Lane before the work


Marsh Lane after the work


Community Orchard gets a makeover




Following an appeal for help, a group of nine volunteers spent a couple of hours cutting and raking in the Orchard in Shotley Heritage Park on 23rd March. All twenty trees in the orchard planted a couple of years ago by the Scouts, Cubs and Beavers have taken well and are beginning to bud at the start of their third year in the ground.

The trees need to be looked after and the group was then shown how to correctly prune them using the correct tools. The orchard comprises five each of Hazelnut, Myrobalan Plum (cherry plum), Damson ‘Merryweather’ and Prunus Avium (wild cherry).

The group intends to expand the orchard into an adjacent area with varieties of apple and pear and will be seeking funding support from various sources to help purchase the trees.

The orchard is located adjacent to the woodland footpath just above the Quarterdeck.

Activity on Marsh Lane

On Thursday, 30 March 2017 a working party from SOS spent a couple of hours working to clear the path on the Marsh Lane footpath down to the Marina.  Please see below for photographs of the work being done.