Norfolk

Study centre and walks are closed

Just Regional
Apr 8, 2020 2 mins read

A popular Broads environmental studies centre has closed its courses, car parks and gardens to the public because of the coronavirus pandemic.

How Hill, at Ludham, would normally be entering its busiest time of the year – a vital time for generating income for the charity which runs the venue.

The crisis has halted all school bookings, and means the tea room – also a vital source of income for the How Hill Trust – cannot open for the busy summer season.

How Hill, a residential study centre for the Broads, has hosted school and adult residential and day courses since 1968, and has been run by a charitable trust since 1984.

But it has closed until the end of the lockdown, furloughing most staff – while others take a pay cut – to help the long-running venue, which has taught generations of children the joys of nature, survive into the future.

Director Simon Partridge said: “We do not expect any schools until the beginning of the autumn term in September.

“This is the main period of income, and our tea room is certainly not going to open until July at the earliest. Trustees have made the difficult but sensible decision to put most of the staff on compulsory leave to ensure the financial integrity of the trust, with those remaining taking a voluntary pay cut.

“It also means our public car park and gardens are closed, so we would urge everyone to heed government advice and stay at home and to explore and enjoy the nature on their doorsteps this Easter. But rest assured when the ‘all clear’ is sounded we will welcome schools and the public back with open arms. In the meantime we are seeking support from local and national government to help us through this unprecedented event.”

Any schools concerned about scheduled visits should contact the director by email at simon@howhilltrust.org.uk. Visit the How Hill Trust website, www.howhilltrust.org.uk, and monitor its Facebook page for updates and events information as they happen.

Pupils are unable to take part in courses at How Hill until the autumn. These youngsters were out on the water before the pandemic. Photos: How Hill Trust.

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