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 since 2013.

Love the Broads is delighted to announce that 4 successful grant applications received nearly £7,000 for small projects in 2015.  All of this money has been raised from donations from visitors to the Broads, local residents and tourism businesses - thank you so much.

The 2016 grant application closing date of 30th June has now passed.  We are delighted that we have received some excellent applications for Love the Broads funding for the next 12 months.   We will publish the grant application dates for 2017 within the next couple of months - so keep a look out!

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.

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

Habitat improvements at Carlton & Oulton Marshes

At Carlton & Oulton Marshes there was an identified need to create open water by reducing the dense reed which is inaccessible. A specialist machine designed for working in wet-fen conditions and which will increase the structural diversity will be used to undertake these works.

The Broadland dykes which criss-cross the reserve are noted for their clean, low-nutrient water and support a rich assembly of plants which are of national importance. The dykes will be cleaned and reprofiled to maintain their biodiversity value.

Grant amount:£1,600
Waveney River Centre will fund this project exclusively from their Love the Broads' donations

For more info: Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Introduction of Fen Raft Spider to the Broads

The Broads has lost 67 species since the 1950s and research reveals that 423 rare species, including plants, insects and fish have not been recorded in the last 23 years. Projects such as this are the only way to secure the future of iconic wetland species.

The project will see the second introduction of spiders to Ludham Marshes and will train and support local volunteers for the all-important task of monitoring the success of populations. It will also engage with local communities by delivering talks to interest groups.

Grant amount: £750 per annum over 4 years - Total amount £3,000
Applicant: Broads Authority on behalf of SWT, RSPB and Natural England

For more info: Fen Raft Spider

Interpretive leaflet for How Hill's Secret Garden

5,000 copies of an interpretive leaflet with map will be printed to support the visitor experience at the Secret Garden at How Hill. Visitors to How Hill will now be able to benefit from the major changes in the water garden which has an extended boardwalk and new planting. The new leaflet will enable visitors, including those less able, to fully enjoy the environment, trees and shrubs, supported by the information in the leaflet.

Grant Amount: £1,100
Herbert Woods will fund this project exclusively from their Love the Broads donations

For more info: How Hill Trust

Nature Explorers at Strumpshaw Fen Nature Reserve

Strumpshaw Fen nature reserve is the wild heart of the Broads with a striking landscape of reedbeds, pools, meadows and woodlands. It offers a unique, memorable and fun learning experience inspiring new generations of nature explorers and adventurers.

A new high quality covered area will enable schools and youth groups to extend the teaching season and encourage schools to come and enjoy the site earlier in the spring and later into the autumn. An all-weather tent will ensure it offers a dry and comfortable haven to retreat to even on days when children have braved the elements whilst adventuring out on the reserve.

Grant amount: £1,500
Applicant: RSPB

For more info: RSPB Strumpshaw Fen

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.

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

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

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

Bats in the Broads

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

Visitor information at Thurne Windmill

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

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

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