It is being described as an "exciting opportunity" as communities are being invited to work with key partners to help co-create the future of their coast.

Communities and businesses in Southwold and neighbouring villages are being invited to drop-in events this weekend.

It comes as ideas are explored as part of a pilot project tackling erosion in some of the most vulnerable coastal areas in Suffolk and Norfolk.

With Southwold being the first pilot area of East Suffolk and Great Yarmouth councils’ Resilient Coasts programme, the six-year project will help to create coastal communities that are resilient to a changing climate.

Funded by Defra as part of the £200 million Flood and Coastal Innovation Programmes, which is managed by the Environment Agency, the programmes will drive innovation in flood and coastal resilience and adaptation to a changing climate.

The first drop-in events are taking place on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3 at the Southwold and Reydon Constitutional Club.

Sharing the project’s aims, community members are being encouraged to work with the project team to co-create a masterplan which brings together visions for Southwold's coast and how this links to the Harbour and estuary.

As well as the drop-in events, a Virtual Visitor Centre will ensure people can access the project information and take part.

Lowestoft Journal: David RitchieDavid Ritchie (Image: Archant)

David Ritchie, East Suffolk council's cabinet member for planning and coastal management and chair of the project board, said: "This is an exciting opportunity for the community of Southwold to work with key partners to become the architects of their own change.

"We need to work on this together and tackle changes in policy and support available to help our communities and businesses to build a resilient and enjoyable coast for many generations to come.

"We are delighted to be able to host an in-person event as well as providing an option to take part online and we look forward to working with our pilot and twin communities in East Suffolk and Great Yarmouth and hearing what they value about where they live work and visit.

"We hope that many people locally will take this opportunity to come and meet the project team and to get involved."

Visit the Southwold Virtual Visitor Centre online which will be live from Friday, December 2 and will remain open and updated regularly throughout the project.