£4M ‘Water, Mills and Marshes’ projects get the green light from the National Lottery

The Broads Landscape Partnership has received a confirmed National Lottery grant of £2,437,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) through its Landscape Partnership (LP)programme for the Water, Mills and Marshes project, it was announced today.

This valuable funding, made possible by National Lottery players, will be matched alongside £1,519,999 from other partnership contributions to provide £3,957,499 enabling 38 individual projects over a 5 year period which will enrich and promote heritage sites in and around the Broads National Park.

The projects will not only help identify, preserve and improve the incredible heritage, environmental and archaeological assets within the Broads, they will provide opportunities for people to learn about them, contribute in practical ways to their upkeep and ensure access for future generations.

Water, Mills and Marshes will provide countless opportunities for thousands of people to connect with the unique landscape by deepening their understanding of how it came about. There will be many chances to gain new skills and hands-on experience from helping to restore historic mills to surveying wildlife habitats.

Trails, guided walks, events and exhibitions will be created and there will also be a small grants scheme introduced so local people can apply for funding for Broads heritage projects of their own.

Together all these projects will help conserve the breath-taking landscape of the Broads National Park for people to enjoy in the future.

John Packman, Chief Executive of lead partner, the Broads Authority, said:

“The partnership is delighted with the news that our National Lottery funding has been agreed. So many people have contributed a huge amount of time and resources to get us to this point and the heritage of the Broads has rightfully been recognised as one that should be cherished and nurtured.”

Explaining the importance of National Lottery support, Robyn Llewellyn, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund East of England, said: “The Broads National Park is Britain's largest protected wetland and third largest inland waterway, and one of the most beautiful and recognisable landscapes in the UK.

“It also contains a fascinating array of built, industrial heritage in the form of drainage mills, ancient dykes and listed buildings. I’m delighted that thanks to National Lottery players we have been able to fund this project to save this precious drained marsh landscape, conserve threatened habitats and species, and to reconnect people with the natural heritage all around them.”

To find out more about the project visit www.broads-authority.gov.uk/water-mills-marshes

Stones Mill © Broads Authority

Wednesday 25 October 2017