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Where is Abbots Hall Farm?
Abbots Hall Farm is in the east of England, north-east of London on the
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Why is the area being protected?
· A sea wall needed repairing but the Essex Wildlife Trust and the
Environment Agency agreed the best option was to flood.
· The land is agricultural low value land which is cheap to use. The land
would be used as a salt marsh and it would be allowed to flood.
· It's easier to maintain a salt marsh than a sea wall.
· It will help restore dynamic equilibrium to replace sand and rebuild
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Methods used;
· To protect the neighbouring land counter walls were put in to protect
them in 2002 when the first big flood followed shortly after.
· The land is allowed to flood which creates a salt marsh.
· Agricultural land is bought and let to flood. It creates a salt marsh which
has a lot of benefits for the environment. It reduces erosion as the salt
marsh reduces the force of the waves at low tide.
· The Wildlife Trust: `The 700 acre farm shows how sustainable coastal
defences can lead to the creation of coastal marshes which are vital for
the future of both wildlife and people.'…read more

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Costs, benefits and sustainability
· It' requires less maintenance as it is a natural process.
· It's a cheap defence as the land is used for agriculture so it's of cheap
· Because it's a natural process it looks natural and fits in with the
· Dynamic equilibrium is maintained as the beach is naturally restored by
the waves.
· New ecosystems and habitats are created for the wildlife.
· It's a sustainable defence as it doesn't need constantly maintaining.…read more


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