(Left to right: Kate Aldridge, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Nicky Rowbottom, Suffolk Otter Group, Peter Howe, Trustee of the Broads Trust which administers Love the Broads, Stephen Bradnock, Nancy Oldfield Trust, Carol Horner and Debra Nicholson of Friends of Thurne Mill)

A grant cheque for more than £5,000 has been presented to four amazing projects which will help wildlife, an iconic building, the visitor experience and people’s wellbeing in the Broads National Park.   Businesses, Members and grant beneficiaries attended the presentation which was held at the Nancy Oldfield HQ at Neatishead on a very sunny and warm day.   The grant beneficiaries are:

Suffolk Otter Group – £822 – surveying of the otter population at three Suffolk Wildlife Trust  Nature Reserves in the Lower Waveney

Norfolk Wildlife Trust – £2,125 – for an interpretation board on Heron’s Carr boardwalk overlooking Barton Broad (part of Tipping the Balance)

Friends of Thurne Mill – £2,034 – capturing memories of the past of this iconic Mill through digital and pictorial documents to be available online and through libraries and Mill archives

Nancy Oldfield Trust – £500 – to purchase presentation equipment to raise additional funds for free boating activities for people who are in palliative care or who have received diagnosis of a terminal illness. This project was exclusively supported by Norfolk Broads Direct.

Thank you to everyone for their generous donations to enable us to help to keep the Broads National Park special and for people to enjoy.


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The Friends of Thurne Mill was created 5 years ago.  Their purpose is to keep visitors and residents informed and involved and grow the interest in this iconic Broads historic Mill.  This project will creat a physical and digital history about the folk who lived and worked at the Mill and the impact it had on the local community.  A Love the Broads grant will part-fund the costs of recording and digital equipment to enable this historical record to be captured now and to be added to in the future.

“By granting these funds, we will be able to create an archive that will last through the generations.  It means a great deal to the organisation and we are really looking forward to getting started”,
Friends of Thurne Mill

Date: 2019

Grant Applicant: Friends of Thurne Mill
Grant Amount: £2,034.10


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The Nancy Oldfield Trust, based at Neatishead, have been working on a project “Wellbeing on Water” to provide free boating activities for people who are in palliative care or who have received diagnosis of a terminal illness.  Love the Broads, thanks to the exclusive sponsorship of Norfolk Broads Direct, has fully funded the purchase of new audio visual equipment for use in an outreach programme visiting groups and organisations to talk about this initiative and to promote the use of their services.

Date: 2019

Grant Applicant: Nancy Oldfield Trust
Grant Awarded: £500

(exclusively sponsored by Norfolk Broads Direct)


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Otters have enormous popular appeal but there can also be conflict with anglers and garden pond-owners.  This project, which fully funded equipment and community workshops and talks, uses the newly discovered data from a volunteer-led and run study.  It monitors the otter population by recoding video evidence of the otter presence and behaviour patterns.  The project extended over three Suffolk Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves on the Lower Waveney and was centred at Carlton Marshes.

Date: 2019

“We’re very excited about receiving this grant and looking forward to getting the project underway.  Thank you”  Project Co-ordinator, Suffolk Mammal Group

Applicant:  Suffolk Otter Group
Total Grant: £822

 


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Love the Broads provided a grant to Norfolk Wildlife Trust towards the cost of a series of interpretation panels at Herons Carr Boardwalk overlooking Barton Broad, the second largest of the Norfolk and Suffolk broads.  This was part of the Tipping the Balance project.

“Please pass on our sincere gratitude to the Trustees of the Broads Trust and Herbert Woods for their support of this project.  We are now able to move ahead with the interpretation, which is great news”,  Senior Grants Officer, NWT

Date: 2019

Applicant: Norfolk Wildlife Trust
Total grant: £2,125

(exclusively sponsored by Herbert Woods Broads Holiday Adventures)

 


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