Good News from the Broads Authority

Water, Mills and Marshes: The Broads Landscape Partnership

We have had confirmation from the Heritage Lottery Fund that our Landscape Partnership Bid has been successful and we can start work on its delivery.

The £2.44 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will be matched by £1.52 million from other partnership contributions to provide approximately £4 million enabling 38 individual projects over a 5 year period which will enrich and promote heritage sites in and around the Broads National Park.

The projects will not only help identify, preserve and improve the incredible heritage, environmental and archaeological assets within the Broads, they will provide opportunities for people to learn about them, contribute in practical ways to their upkeep and ensure access for future generations.

Water, Mills and Marshes will provide countless opportunities for thousands of people to connect with our unique landscape by deepening their understanding of how it came about. There will be many chances to gain new skills and hands-on experience from apprenticeships helping to restore historic mills to surveying wildlife habitats.

Trails, guided walks, events and exhibitions will be created and there will also be a small grants scheme introduced so local people can apply for funding for Broads heritage projects of their own.

Together all these projects will help conserve the breath-taking landscape of the Broads National Park for people to enjoy in the future.

We have cleared a statement with the Heritage Lottery Fund and Rob (Leigh) will be sending this out to the press this week.

Today Will (Burchnall) has been out filming with the BBC (Look East) and I understand it will be on the television this evening.

This is a great achievement and the result of several year’s work by our staff and our partners.

Many thanks to all those involved, but particularly Will who has steered the whole process and Ben (Hogg) who has led the work on the mills which is such a key part of the programme of work.

I am particularly excited by the opportunity it will provide us to engage with local young people. We shall be working with 66 schools over the lifetime of the project and it will build on the good work with young people that has been developed by Nick (Sanderson) ably assisted by the Rangers and our volunteers.

The combination of CANAPE, our European project, Water Mills and Marshes, our partnerships with Broads Tourism and Tesco and our regular maintenance activity means we shall have our work cut out for the next few years. But all this, when combined with new projects being undertaken by our key partners such as the Wildlife Trusts and the RSPB, will mean that the prospect for the Broads as a whole is looking very exciting.

With regards

John

John Packman
Chief Executive
Broads Authority – looking after the Broads National Park

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