Water, Mills & Marshes

Halvergate Marshes

We have partnered up with a range of stakeholders to develop and implement a multi-million pound project to enrich, protect and help people make the most of unique heritage sites and landscapes.

Water, Mills and Marshes: the Broads Landscape Partnership will work to further conserve and enhance the built and natural heritage of the area between Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, Acle and Loddon following the course of the rivers Yare, Bure and Waveney. This is the latest Landscape Partnership area map.

Aims and objectives

The project will identify opportunities to document and repair iconic drainage mills on Halvergate marshes, an area which boasts one of the greatest concentration of such mills in Europe, explore potential archaeological sites and provide training to maintain heritage skills.

It also aims to improve local people's access to, and understanding of, activities within their landscape and will engage their help in telling the story of Halvergate's watery landscape from past to present.

The delivery of the Scheme is split into six programmes. You can find out more in the full summary of programme aims and objectives.

Lottery funding bid

A bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Landscape Partnership Scheme for £2.6m was successful in late October 2015 and with match funding the project will total around £4.5m.

Watch the video news release about securing the bid and check out the press release.

A total of 38 projects will now be developed over the next 18 months for delivery over a five-year period.

The HLF Landscape Partnership Scheme is for projects led by partnerships of local, regional and national interests which aim to conserve areas of distinctive landscape character throughout the UK.

Stakeholder meetings

Seventy people from more than 60 organisations and local groups went to the first project workshop on 1 October 2014 in Acle. The event was an opportunity for the lead partners to introduce the project and to gather stakeholder input into its development. You can read more in the full meeting transcript.


Regular newsletters will be produced during the project and you can access these through the following links.

Water, Mills and Marshes newsletter number 1 October 2014

Water, Mills and Marshes newsletter number 2 December 2014

Water, Mills and Marshes newsletter number 3 April 2015

Water, Mills and Marshes newsletter number 4 June 2015

Water, Mills and Marshes newsletter number 5 November 2015

Further information

You can contact Will Burchnall, Project Manager, on 01603 610734 or by email.