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 £45,000 of grants to 35 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.

Over £5,000 of grants were awarded to 4 amazing projects in 2019.   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:

Mrs. Alex Howe, Hon. Secretary
The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Charitable Trust
2 Littlewood Lane, Hoveton, Norfolk NR12 8DZ

Telephone: 01603 783096

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



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

Equipment for sail training for young people

Posted by on 19 Dec 2018 in Projects | 0 comments

The Norfolk Schools Sailing Association (NSSA) provides young people in Norfolk with the opportunity to learn to sail. They provide an education-based programme that not only teaches and develops sailing skills and abilities but nurtures a love of nature through a greater knowledge and understanding of the Broads National Park. The grant will enable NSSA to purchase additional buoyancy aids which are essential to ensure the safety and wellbeing of young people.

Total Grant amount: £1,154.40
Grant applicant: The Norfolk Schools Sailing
Association (NSSA)

Broads by Bike

Posted by on 18 Dec 2018 in Projects | 0 comments

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

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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

Posted by on 18 Dec 2018 in Projects | 0 comments

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

Posted by on 18 Dec 2018 in Projects | 0 comments

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

Boundary Farm – Visitor moorings

Posted by on 18 Dec 2018 in Projects | 0 comments

New visitor moorings have been opened at a key location on the River Bure at Boundary Farm. Love the Broads, with the exclusive sponsorship of Herbert Woods, helped to fund this project together with the Broads Authority.

Shortage of 24 hour moorings has been identified on the Broads, and the construction of these new moorings will be welcomed by boating visitors.

Grant amount £2,000

Applicant: Broads Authority

Business sponsor: Herbert Woods – exclusive sponsor

For more info: Boundary Farm – Visitor moorings

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