Love the Broads raises funds for exciting projects which help the environment, wildlife and also enhance the visitor experience across the Broads National Park. Your nomination could be the one that helps us win £1,000 from the Movement for Good to continue our work to provide grants for even more projects. Over the last 10 years we have helped 38 fantastic projects and your nomination would support our continuing work to help ensure that the Broads National Park remains special for the future.

It’s simple but to help you:

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Click ‘nominate a charity now’. The information you will need is: Charity No. 1124552.
Click on the search icon and our charity name will appear: Norfolk & Suffolk Broads Charitable Trust.
Select the charity type: Environment and Climate
Answer a few questions:
Who you are – click on Other and add in line below “Supporter”.
Thanks for your support. The more nominations we get, the greater our chance of winning, so please share this post and spread the word, and you will be helping the Broads too.


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Have you noticed how much cleaner the air feels and how more noticeable our wildlife seems to be?

These are such challenging times for everyone and everywhere, especially the unique Broads National Park but the good news is that there will never be a better time to recognise the beauty of our natural environment and how we may be able do things a little differently from now on to protect the wildlife, waterways and landscape. Managed badly the impact of tourism numbers on our fragile landscape can be very damaging. The challenge before us is how to retain our rediscovered world, reduce the impact our businesses create and look forward together to reducing climate change but also to operate in a viable environment for business and organisations.

At present, with all our business partners closed, we have little income but as plans for the future are developed we hope that our income will be restored.  Will a brave new world emerge from the ashes of the virus pandemic?

At Love the Broads we certainly hope so and we would like to work with our business partners and supporters to continue to raise funds to be channelled to exciting projects on the Broads which help wildlife and the environment but which also enhance the visitor experience. Please help us continue our work to keep the Broads special.   You can make a donation HERE

Thank you.


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Due to the COVID-19 national emergency our generous business partners are all closed. These businesses and their customers provide most of the funds that we receive for distribution as grants so we regret that we are not in a position to accept grant applications at this time. We will make further announcements regarding grant applications in due course

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The Norfolk Wherry is an iconic vessel, initially used for moving cargo and people around the Broads’ network of rivers. The change in use of the wherry from cargo carrying to holiday boat, created opportunities for local boat builders to establish the Broads as a flourishing holiday destination.

The aim of this project was to create a cohesive and comprehensive suite of materials pertinent to the curriculum interpreting the wherries in context. The creation process was overseen by a skilled contractor who worked with the volunteers involved in the Trusts to support their own learning and use of existing knowledge and resources.

The three Wherry Trusts which manage seven of the eight existing wherries, will use and promote these new resources for teaching and learning opportunities as well as making them available on line.

The resources take the form of an integrated education package introducing wherries primarily to Key Stage 2 students, with material that can be utilised by Key Stages 1 and 3.  Wherries are introduced within a powerpoint presentation available for schools and the public.

Links to short videos for in-school teaching will also be available on-line via partner organisation web sites. It is intended that these can be used for pre-visit preparation and post-visit follow up.

The Education Package:

  • KS2 Powerpoint presentations were developed to illustrate the evolution and history of the wherries, function, cargoes and people who crewed the vessels
  • Wherry Race board game is also being developed.  The board game is an excellent interpretative resource for in-school use and will be played by visiting groups staying at How Hill Environmental Study Centre.  Copies of the game will also be used by the wherry-owning trusts and distributed to primary schools and other educational groups local to the Broads.  100 copies of the board game have been produced and it is tended that a future reprint of the game will allow for a wider circulation and greater engagement.
  • The constructions of a set of  3 working models of pleasure and trading wherries.  A further model of a yacht is under construction.  These can be handled, dismantled and reconstructed by students and teaching staff to provide a tangible demonstration of the features and operation of trading and pleasure wherries.  These will be distributed among wherry trusts and will be made available for loan to schools who express an interest in the wherry project.

Whilst this project is finalised the roll out across schools has been delayed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Grant Applicant:  Norfolk & Suffolk Broads Charitable Trust – delivered by the Broads Authority

Funding received from Heritage Lottery Fund:  £8,800

Funding received from Love the Broads: £1,000

Project completion date: January 2020

Image acknowledgement: Fleet of wherries sailing on Barton Broad
Photo: Simon Finlay For: Broads Authority © 2004

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Sending our good wishes this Easter to all our fantastic supporters – Broads businesses, Members and many others – each helping us massively with our work to ensure that the Broads National Park remains special.   Everyone is in our thoughts right now.  Keep smiling.  Keep strong.  Keep safe.

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