Love the broads is the Visitor Giving Scheme for the Broads National Park. It aims to inspire people to care for the environment through making a small donation at key tourism sites, through their accommodation provider, or by giving money directly.  If every visitor to the Broads National Park gave just £1 we could raise £7 million each year for projects to protect the Broads in the future.

 

How it works

Money is collected by the Broads Trust in a variety of ways and given to projects that will look after the beautiful landscapes and environment of the Broads. With your help, we work alongside local businesses and community groups to improve sustainable practices, and to make sure that the money raised goes to the places that need it most – so that the Broads National Park remains amazing and beautiful to visit.

Love the Broads is administered by the Broads Trust, an independent charity with Trustees from local businesses, the Broads Society and the Broads Authority.


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You could win £25,000 and other cash prizes for just £1 of which 50p will go to helping Love the Broads with our important work to ensure that the Broads remains special.  To support us click here:

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Everyone’s a winner – Thank you very much!


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A massive thank you to Harry, James and all the team and customers of Maycraft Dayboat hire and Services for their fantastic donation to help Love the Broads with our important work to keep the Broads National Park special.  Your generosity will help us provide grants for exciting projects on the Broads.  We wish you lots of luck as visitors start to return to the Broads following the relaxation of lockdown restrictions.

 


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Despite the COVID-19 national emergency and our generous business partners being closed for many months, we are delighted to confirm that we are still receiving donations from tourism businesses and members and are now in a position to offer small grants for exciting projects.

APPLY HERE NOW


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A massive thank you to Riverside Rentals  for their continuing support and recent donation  to help us with our work to keep the Broads special.   Given the very challenging times and closure of the tourism sector for much of 2020 and into 2021, their support is really humbling.  We are very grateful.


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Hall Farm Cottages, based at Ludham, are one of the founding business supporters of Love the Broads, and have again donated an amazing sum to help with our important work.   Given that this fantastic holiday accommodation provider was closed for much of 2020 we are so grateful to Hannah and her customers, many of them less able, for their kindness.  Good luck for 2021, Hannah.


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We are delighted that a new play area funded by a grant from Love the Broads has been launched at a snowy Salhouse Broad in February 2021.

A grant of £2,000 was awarded to the Friends of Salhouse Broad towards creating an exciting bespoke natural play space for everyone to enjoy. The new play area will encourage children and families to engage with the stunning natural woodland adjacent to the Broad and within The Broads National Park. It will widen the offer to both local residents and families visiting the area, encouraging them to visit at any time of the year and to stay for longer.

CAP.Co, a local, Broads-based company who are international leaders in the field of creating adventurous, playful, educational spaces, were commissioned to deliver this project.

 


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Thank you to The Galley, Horning and all your amazing customers for the fabulous donation of £55 from 5p for each afternoon tea sold and 10p for each plastic bag.   This is amazing given the little time that you were able to be open during 2020 and we are so grateful.  Your donation will help with our important work to ensure that the Broads National Park remains special.

Good luck with your fabulous afternoon teas available for collection over Easter 2021 too.  Sound yummy!

 

 


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A massive thank you to NORFOLK BROADS DIRECT and its amazing CUSTOMERS who have donated £1,000 towards  keeping the Broads National Park special and helping wildlife, the environment and education.  A fantastic amount particularly in these very challenging times.  We are so grateful.

Small grants are available so  – APPLY NOW


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GREAT NEWS – GRANT APPLICATIONS NOW WELCOME

Despite the COVID-19 national emergency and our generous business partners being closed for many months, we are delighted to confirm that we are still receiving donations from tourism businesses and members and are now in a position to offer small grants for exciting projects.

 

APPLY HERE NOW


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Our grateful thanks to the amazing tourism business partners and their customers who continue to provide donations to help our important work to keep the Broads special – even in these challenging times.  These recent donations, and those of our generous Members, have enabled us to be in a position to offer small grants to exciting projects now.   We could not do this without you.


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It is with great sadness that we recently learnt of the death of Bryan Read.  Bryan was a founding trustee of the Broads Trust with a great love of the Broads. He was born into a Norfolk family, his mother was a Colman and his grandmother was a Boardman, so it is hardly surprising that he was closely involved in so many aspects of the Broads.

His father ran Read’s Mills at Beccles and became a Commissioner with the Gt. Yarmouth Port & Haven Commissioners due to the majority of the grain being carried by river and being imported via the Port of Gt. Yarmouth.   Read’s Mills moved to Norwich in the Thirties and in 1963 Bryan took over the running of the Mills upon the death of his father and so became a Port & Haven Commissioner in his place.   Reads also had a mill at Horstead, at the head of the navigation, which burnt down in January 1963.

The family own a bungalow at Horning and are involved with many boating activities. They owned the River Cruiser Harrier and White Boat Scarce Copper among others and Bryan raced a Star class dingy at Wroxham.

Being a River Commissioner, Bryan was involved with many organisations around the Broads and the setting up of Trusts to preserve a number of Broads’ activities and facilities.   He was also played a major role in the creation of the Broads Authority to deal with the many problems of running the waterways and navigations.

When the future of How Hill was in doubt, Bryan persuaded Norwich Union to step in and secure the future of the property to continue its valuable educational role.   Similarly, he worked hard with the EDP to help raise funds to secure the Hunter Fleet so that it was preserved as a traditional boatyard and vintage fleet of sailing craft.   In addition, Bryan was involved in the Norfolk Windmills Trust.

Bryan was passionate about the Broads and became heavily involved in the controversy of the Broads not being a full National Park. He served on the Council for National Parks and was particularly pleased when the Broads was eventually recognised as part of the Family of National Parks.

Bryan was a long serving member and President of the Broads Society and in 2005 he worked with two colleagues from the Society, Major Nick Barne and Peter Howe, to set up a new charity – The Broads Trust. The aim of the charity was to raise money to support projects around the Broads for conservation, education, enhancement of the natural environment and the improvement of the navigation. He acted as Treasurer until very recently and saw the work of the charity grow to be a force for good, which it now is, with the development of the Love the Broads project.

There is no doubt that Bryan’s contribution to so many aspects of the Broads over his long life will be sadly missed but he leaves a lasting legacy for all to see.  Bryan and Sheila, his wife who sadly died in 2018, had a large family and were so proud of  his 4 children and countless grand and great grand children.

Bryan was well respected and liked by all that knew him.

You can hear Bryan speaking of his family’s history and passion for the Broads – see link:

https://soundcloud.com/wisearchive/our-family-and-the-broads


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