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 we have have given over £40,000 of grants to 30 projects over the past 6 years thanks to donations from visitors to the Broads, local residents, tourism businesses and Love the Broads’ Members – thank you all so much.

Nearly £10,000 of grants were awarded to 9 projects in 2018 (1 project is still pending).   You will find details of these and all other projects below.

Applications are now welcome at any time throughout the year.

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 sent by email as well as 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.



Broads Wherry Yacht Education Resources

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Contribution towards a set of worksheets and education resources, aimed at children, for use by teachers and volunteers delivering education sessions to schools which illuminate the importance of wherries in our cultural history and development of the Broads landscape through commerce and the introduction of tourism.

Applicant:  Wherry Yacht Charter Charitable Trust
Total Grant: £1,000

Introduction of Fen Raft Spider to the Broads

Posted by on 19 Dec 2018 in Projects | 0 comments

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.

This project, which is now completed, has enabled another new Broadland population of this rare and beautiful animal and to share the excitement with an ever growing audience.

Dr Helen Smith, who lead the project, commented in her completion report:

“We are very grateful to Love the Broads for their generous support for key elements of the Fen Raft Spider translocation programme between 2015 and 2018. During this period, the Broads Authority, and both Norfolk and Suffolk Wildlife Trusts also provided partnership funding to support the wider translocation and conservation programme. This recent phase of the programme built on earlier work financially supported by many organisations. These were led by Natural England and included the BBC Wildlife Fund and RSBP. The Sussex Wildlife Trust, 13 BIAZA-affiliated British Zoos and collections, and the Universities of East Anglian and Nottingham made other important contributions. Many individuals associated with these organisations, and many more volunteers from the region helped to make Broadland’s four new Fen Raft Spider populations a reality”

Total Grant amount: £750 per annum over 4 years 2015 -2018 – £3,000
Applicant: Broads Authority on behalf of SWT, RSPB and Natural England

For more info: Fen Raft Spider

Buoyancy aids and education resources for children to experience wetlands by boat at NWT’s Hickling and Ranworth Broads

Posted by on 19 Dec 2018 in Projects | 0 comments

Exploring nature on the water allows children to experience wetland habitats from a unique perspective by boat on both Hickling and Ranworth Broads, both of which are teeming with wildlife. This project will help children of both primary and secondary age connect with this unique landscape in the Broads National Park using new equipment of binoculars and in a safe environment with the help of buoyancy aids.

Total Grant amount: £1,200
Applicant: Norfolk Wildlife Trust
Sponsor: Herbert Woods (Exclusive Sponsor)

Image courtesy of Richard Osbourne

Replacement of a footbridge at Rockland St Mary Staithe car park

Posted by on 19 Dec 2018 in Projects | 0 comments

A new footbridge was required to replace the existing one which was not fit for purpose. The bridge connects Rockland St Mary car park, the Staithe and the Wherryman’s Way. The new bridge will enable access for all users including disabled visitors.

Total grant amount: £680
Applicant: Rockland St Mary Poor’s Trust

Information board at Coltishall Lock

Posted by on 19 Dec 2018 in Projects | 0 comments

Barbara Greasley, Norfolk Broads Direct (right) with Trustees of Bure Navigation Conservation Trust and Broads Trust

Love the Broads has funded one of six information boards between Coltishall Lock and Aylsham. Each board contains the history of the navigation and local places of interest together with local footpaths and pictures of fauna and flora along the route.

Total grant amount: £1,100
Grant Applicant: Bure Navigation Conservation Trust
Sponsor:Norfolk Broads Direct
(exclusive sponsor)

The board will be of a similar design to the image to the right.

All terrain wheelchair

Posted by on 19 Dec 2018 in Projects | 0 comments

Many visitors to Hall Farm cottages have mobility challenges. Situated at the heart of the Broads National Park and close to Horning, Hall Farm has access to many paths, communities and to unspoilt beaches. However, normal wheelchairs are not able to access some of these areas due to their terrain. To offer all visitors access to all areas and to ensure an enjoyable experience for the less able as well as their carers, family and friends, an all-terrain wheelchair has been purchased. This will also be hired to other local accommodation providers, when available.

Total grant amount: £550
Grant applicant: Hall Farm cottages

Generator for independent electricity supply for Norfolk Wherry Maud

Posted by on 19 Dec 2018 in Projects | 0 comments

The Wherry Maud has only limited access to mains electricity at her base at Forsythe Wherry Yard and this is often insufficient for using power tools and as a mobile base for educational activities. This portable new generator will enable the attachment of tools and increase its ability to provide educational presentations and visits.

Total grant amount: £250
Grant applicant: Wherry Maud Trust

Taking less able Broads’ heritage visitors afloat

Posted by on 19 Dec 2018 in Projects | 0 comments

A popular part of a visit to the Museum of the Broads is a boat trip to Barton Broad which is only accessible by water. A new electric boat is to be purchased but to ensure that all boat trips are accessible to all, a wheelchair is essential to benefit from the scissors lift to make boats accessible. This grant will enable the purchase of a wheelchair.

Total grant amount:£192
Grant applicant: Museum of the Broads
Sponsor: Norfolk Broads Direct (exclusive sponsor)

Augmented Reality Sandbox (ARSB)

Posted by on 19 Dec 2018 in Projects | 0 comments

There is a need to educate and engage local communities about the environmental issues that affect the Broads’ landscape. The ARSB is a flexible educational tool to explore themes of geography, hydrology, erosion and environment in the Broads and wider catchment. The ARSB is a portable tool which will visit communities and schools and be showcased at special events to raise awareness and understanding of water and how it affects people’s daily lives.

Total grant amount: £1,500
Grant applicant: Broads Authority

Nicholas Everitt Park – planting of native plants around wildlife pond

Posted by on 19 Dec 2018 in Projects | 0 comments

There was an identified need to encourage wildlife and to increase biodiversity around the existing pond at Nicholas Everitt Park located at Oulton Broad, a popular leisure and recreational location for both residents and visitors to the Broads.

The grant will enable native species to be planted on the bank and margins around the wildlife pond.

Total grant amount: £213.84
Grant applicant: Friends of Nicholas Everitt Park

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