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Norfolk sand: Has a colossal experiment to prevent coastal erosion worked?

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Two years ago, a stretch of coastline in North Norfolk underwent a radical transformation. Millions of tonnes of sand were shifted there to hold back the encroaching sea. It’s the first time an experiment on this scale has been tried in the UK - but has it worked?

The locals of Bacton and Walcott in North Norfolk have watched their coastline being swallowed by the sea.

They’ve seen waves eat away at the beaches, the water edging ever-further inland.

Homes and businesses have flooded again and again. And a critical piece of national infrastructure - the Bacton gas terminal - was left teetering on a crumbling cliff edge.

After years of anxiety, the coastal community may finally have some respite - as they wait to see if an audacious experiment has managed to turn back the tide.


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