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River Rat Volunteers


This years work on the river was completed in February and work in the churchyard was completed on Thursday 15th March. No more cutting back will take place until the Autumn.

All the scrub is now at the burning ground and, weather permitting, this should be done at 9:00 am on Thursday 22nd March. If you would like to assist with this, please contact us through the Email link below.

Work will re-commence on the river in October. An announcement will be made here, and all existing volunteers will receive an EMail.

If you would like to join us, please the EMail link below and we will ensure you are included. 


For several years The River Rat Volunteers have maintained the river environment through the village by cutting back old growth, removing dead trees and digging out silt from the river bed.

The section of the river covered is from the small bridge opposite the cemetery to the whalebones.

Sometimes we do it in reverse - just to set ourselves a challenge! We usually work Thursday morning - depending on the weather.


Keeping the river clear of vegetation and flowing freely is an ongoing task which we carry out every year from October through to March. This leaves the river free for wildlife to flourish during the spring and summer months. Since we started we have had sightings of Water Voles, Mallard Ducks and a Kingfisher.


On the 20th March 2014 we received the Community Achievement Award 2013/2014 from Mid Suffolk District Council.

Community Award

This was for ‘ ... an outstanding contribution to the local community’. This award is normally given to individuals. We were the first group to receive this recognition. 



If you have 2 to 3 hours free time once a week, like to dress up and be useful to the village please contact Chard Wadley by Email at riverratgroup@gmail.com.
Working gloves and high visibility vests are supplied and you get to meet a friendly group who also enjoy dressing up!