Projects we support. On this page you will find brief descriptions of the projects which have received support from funds from the Love the Broads donations in 2014. We also have an archive of completed projects from 2013 which also received grant awards. Here you will also find links from the projects to the websites of organisations which are receiving Love the Broads money.

Love the Broads is delighted to announce the 5 successful 2014 grant applicants and plans to make nearly £5,000 available for small projects.  All of this money has been raised from donations from visitors to the Broads - thank you.

For further details on the types of Love the Broads grants available and guidelines for making an application, please download our Guidance notes for applicants.
For an application form, which will enable you to make an application for either our Business Sponsorship or our Small Grants scheme, please download this Application Form. It can be filled in on your computer and sent in to us electronically.
For more detailed guidance on how to complete the Application Form and the sorts of information the Trust will need in order to reach a decision on your application, please download our How to complete an Application Form notes.

For information about the terms and conditions which are likely to be attached to any of the Love the Broads grants we make, please download this document.

All Project Applications should be forwarded by post, along with supporting documentation to:
Lynne Finnigan, Love the Broads Development Officer
3 The Granary, Lenwade Mill, Norwich, NR9 5QA

For further queries contact us through the link on the “contact us” page.

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

Please click here to go to its main website.

Bats in the Broads

This project brings science, nature and technology to local communities in the Broads area. It is hoped to get as many people as possible thinking about the hours of darkness in a different way and bats are a really good group to inspire interest. Through this project anyone can have the chance to borrow recording equipment to find out what species of bats are around them.

The aim of the project will be to identify the landscape use by bats and bat corridors to and from the Broads' core wildlife area and the hinterland. The Love the Broads funding for a bat detector kit will help to achieve this.

The photograph shows a young volunteer and helper about to set up a bat detector kit.

Grant amount: £1,148
Application: British Trust for Ornithology

For more info: Bats in the Broads

New boat moorings at South Walsham

The aim of this key project is to provide mooring facilities and access to the village of South Walsham. To create the new mooring spaces there is a need to utilise a network of dykes at Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden which have silted up over the last 50 years. A recent survey of the proposed site has suggested that reinstating the dykes and then widening them to use for moorings will be of significant benefit to the wildlife population. In particular, it is intended to leave the dykes on the edges of the network at their original size and manage them as habitats for species including dragonflies and water vole.

The moorings will be available for visitors and the local community and it is hoped that schools and groups will benefit from their use for environmental activities. It is expected that this major project will take 3 years of funding before completion and the project will be exclusively sponsored by Ferry Marina's and Norfolk Broads Direct's Love the Broads donations during this time. Love the Broads have donated a sum of £1,500 for initial important survey work

Grant amount: £1,500
Application: Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden

For more info: Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden

Visitor information at Thurne Windmill

Thurne Windmill is situated at the end of the Staithe in the village of Thurne and is close to the Weaver's Way. Thurne mill is one of the most iconic mills on the Norfolk Broads and it also pumps too. Built in 1820 by the millwrights England & Co of Ludham, Norfolk, it would have had common canvas sails and a scoopwheel but in 1885 the mill was hained to accommodate the new turbine pump and the patent sails. These allowed the Marshmen a little more free time.

A programme of improvements has recently been undertaken including the painting of the exterior of the mill.

Thurne Windmill, which is a not-for-profit social enterprise, is keen to enhance the visitor experience. The mill is now open twice a month from April to September and popular circular walks take place from Thurne Mill and the Wind Energy Museum at Repps along the riverbank and back through Dewbeck wood using the Weaver’s way. An annual fundraising abseil/leap of faith also takes place.

Whilst there are interior interpretation panels there are no exterior signs providing visitors with information and a warm welcome.

Love the Broads is funding an exterior interpretation board at Thurne Windmill which will have information about the windmill and the special environment in which it is located.

Grant amount: £1,500
Applicant: Thurne Wind Energy Museum

For more info: Thurne Wind Energy Museum

Aquatic sampling and viewing equipment

The Nancy Oldfield Trust offers disabled and socially disadvantaged people excitement, freedom, adventure and provides wheelchair access to the Norfolk Broads.

This project will enable children and young adults the opportunity to access dyke rivers and broads from the Trust's various boats to collect, handle, identify and understand the aquatic life found in these thriving natural habitats. Love the Broads will fund the equipment required to do this including nets, trays, magnifiers and bug pots and a field microscope. The equipment will also be used in a new classroom facility at the Trust's headquarters.




Grant amount: £387.34
Applicant: Nancy Oldfield Trust

For more info: Nancy Oldfield Trust

Dyke dipping platform

Carlton & Oulton Marshes has the largest extent of wetland habitat in the Suffolk Broads. The dykes at Carlton Marshes have long been known to support large populations of rare species and a rich assemblage of plants.
This project will install a second dyke-dipping platform for school groups to use. It will now be possible to maintain the quality of this experience whilst avoiding the risk of over-dipping causing damage to the dyke fauna.
The platform will be constructed from recycled plastic 'timber' planks and will extend out over the dyke to enable children to dip into the deeper water safely, and ensuring every child in a larger group can participate during a day visit.

As the platform is alongside the all-weather footpath (funded by Love the Broads in 2013) it also offers a window into the dyke for visitors.

Grant amount: £2,625
Applicant: Suffolk Wildlife Trust

This project has a business sponsor:
The Waveney River Centre will fund this project exclusively from their Love the Broads donations

For more info: Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Past Projects Broads by Bike

Broads by Bike

The project will benefit visitors and local cyclists touring the Broads area by bicycle by ensuring easier navigation along the various Broads by Bike routes. www.thebroadsbybike.org.uk

Small signs will be erected which are self-adhesive stickers placed on appropriate highway signs at junctions and turnings.

It should also benefit tourism businesses and attractions located along the routes by ensuring visitors are more easily able to keep to the designated routes and to pass and stop at the various points of interest, attractions, and refreshment stops along the way.

The grant will fund the design and printing of the signage which will be put in place by volunteers.


Grant amount £750
Application: Broads Bike Hire Association

For more info: Broads by Bike

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Carlton & Oulton Marshes Nature Reserve

Carlton & Oulton Marshes Nature Reserve

The project will enable visitors and local people to enjoy the fabulous wildlife of Suffolk Wildlife Trust's Broadland Nature Reserve at Carlton & Oulton Marshes by updating an all-weather, accessible, circular footpath around the marshes.

Maintaining a network of paths is fundamental to ensuring visitors' enjoyment of the site for everyone.

The work planned through this project will help to maintain and improve this fantastic resource for visitors and local people. The Love the Broads grant will pay for the materials to deliver this much needed project with volunteers undertaking the work.

Grant amount: £1,500
Applicant: Suffolk Wildlife Trust

This project has a business sponsor:
The Waveney River Centre will fund this project exclusively from their Love the Broads donations

For more info: Suffolk Wildlife Trust

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Barn Owl Boxes

Barn Owl Boxes

Once a familiar site in the Broads and surrounding villages, barn owls have become an increasingly uncommon sight. This project aims to increase the number of these wonderful birds in the Broads.

Ten barn owl boxes were successfully installed in December 2013, with the remaining seven boxes fitted in February 2014, well in advance of the breeding season.

Increasing the habitat for barn owls is particularly important in order to sustain breeding pairs. We are delighted that landowners at four of the sites have agreed to undertake further habitat improvements for barn owls including the creation of rough grassland margins.

The Love the Broads grant was also used as "match funding" for a further £2,000 from the Norfolk Biodiversity Project for an education pack. The Hawk and Owl Trust will start work on the education materials in autumn 2014, with the pack ready for 2015.

Good news - two pairs of barn owls have already moved into Love the Broads funded boxes on the River Yare

The image shows Erica Murray, Broads Authority, and Nigel Middleton, Hawk & Owl Trust, just about to erect one of the new barn owl boxes funded by Love the Broads.


Grant amount: £2,000
Applicant: Broads Authority in partnership with Hawk & Owl Trust

For more info: Broads Authority

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