Suffolk (UK)

Nowadays Suffolk (UK) is mostly known for its grand churches, picturesque towns and villages, and beautiful beaches along the North Sea coast of East Anglia. Itís a lovely region but, beneath the surface things are more complex and less idyllic. For example, house prices in attractive locations are too high for locals. In Southwold even a beach hut can cost £25,000 to £100,000. Moreover, the coast is falling into the sea. In the 11th century, Dunwich, a short distance down the coast, was an important seaport. By the 20th century, it was a small village. Not so long ago walkers could lean over the cliff edge to see human bones eroding out of the Medieval cemetery. The cemetery is gone now and the erosion continues. The costs of maintaining the Suffolk coastline are enormous and never-ending, so some parts, like Dunwich, have been abandoned to the elements. While others, like Southwold, are protected at great cost.