Wroxham & Coltishall

Grants available for projects to keep the Broads special

Just Regional
May 27, 2015 3 mins read

Organisations are being urged to apply for money which is available for small grants which will ensure that the Broads remains special for the future.

The Broads Trust operates Love the Broads, a fund-raising scheme supporting wildlife, environmental and educational projects on the Broads to help them with their work.

The grant fund is generated from donations to Love the Broads, which come from many sources – from visitors, Broads tourism businesses, legacies and from members who have signed up with an annual subscription.

In the last two years, eight projects across the Broads have received nearly £12,000 in grants.

Projects which have benefited include new visitor moorings to access the village of South Walsham, barn owl boxes aimed at increasing the barn owl population, improvements to the all-weather accessible footpath at Carlton and Oulton Marshes, new cycle route signage, and special equipment to enable children and young adults to understand the aquatic life found in these thriving habitats.

Stephen Bradnock from the Nancy Oldfield Trust who received funding said “We were delighted to receive a small grant from Love the Broads which paid for equipment to enable disabled, disadvantaged and young visitors to collect and identify aquatic life found in the dykes, rivers and broads. The equipment can also be used in our classroom and will certainly add to the experience and learning about the aquatic environment”.

Louise Rout, Manager of Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, said “The generous Love the Broads grant we have been awarded means that we are able to undertake our ambition of creating public moorings on the edge of Fairhaven; something we would not be able to achieve without this help and support. We are particularly grateful to the businesses that have chosen to specifically support this project.”

Waveney River Centre is one of the founder tourism businesses of Love the Broads and has chosen to exclusively support a local charity at Carlton and Oulton Marshes.

Ruth Knight said “With the generous support of our many guests we support a local lowland Reserve at Carlton Marshes and have sponsored several projects including an improved all-weather accessible footpath and pond dipping equipment for young people. Our guests enjoy visiting the site using our pedestrian ferry to cross the River Waveney and can see just how their donations have made a difference.”

The deadline to receive grant applications this year is the end of June and the Broads Trust will announce the successful bids in early August.

Nick Barne, Chairman of the Norfolk & Suffolk Broads Charitable Trust said “We have funded many wonderful projects with small grants which will benefit conservation, tourism and local communities over the past two years. We are now keen to receive applications for funding in 2015 and look forward to receiving more inspirational project ideas to help with their work to keep the Broads special for the future”.

For information and an application form to apply for a grant visit www.lovethebroads.org.uk or email lynne@lovethebroads.org.uk

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