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Environment Agency's work helps canoeists navigate River Stour

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Hundreds of people have been paddling down the River Stour in Suffolk this weekend after the Environment Agency spent the summer helping to clear the river of debris.

Up to 300 people took to their canoes, kayaks and any other floating craft make the 25 mile journey from Sudbury in Suffolk to Manningtree in Essex.

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It's part of an annual event organised by the River Stour Trust which has been going since 1970.

Officers from the Environment Agency spent this summer to clearing the Stour of debris and help restore infrastructure. Dozens of fallen trees and other blockages have been cleared from the waterway, while several landing points were repaired or refurbished in time for the event.

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"They get to see parts of the river you can't see from the road, it goes through land, farms, people can't get to the banks, it's a chance to see the river and see different aspects of it… it's a whole new experience for some of them."

– Jane Rogers, Event organizer
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"Sudbury to the Sea is an annual event that attracts a surge of visitors to the river and is the River Stour Trust's prime event on their calendar. It provides an ideal opportunity to showcase to a wider audience all that the River Stour has to offer. Over recent years we have invested on improving navigation infrastructure on the river and on maintaining and keeping the navigation clear."

– Paul Separavic, Waterways Operations Team leader, River Stour Navigation