Wednesday 17 January saw the official launch of the Broads Landscape Partnership programme led by the Broads Authority. The Water, Mills and Marshes launch event celebrated the delivery of 38 individual projects made possible by a National Lottery grant of £2,437,500.
This valuable funding was made possible by National Lottery players, and has been matched alongside £1,519,999 from other partnership contributions to provide £3,957,499 enabling the projects to be carried out over a 5 year period to enrich and promote heritage sites in and around the Broads National Park.
The event which took place in the Hostry at Norwich Cathedral gave a flavour of the projects to come with students from Lowestoft Sixth Form College and Pakefield Sixth Form performing three songs from their ‘Broads Album’ which is inspired by the landscape and stories of the Broads.
Speakers at the event included Helen Wilson (chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund for the East of England), Tom Williamson (Professor of History at the University of East Anglia), David Gurney (Chair of the Water Mills and Marshes Board), John Packman (Chief Executive of the Broads Authority), and Will Burchnall (the Broads Landscape Partnership Programme Manager).
Will Burchnall said of the launch:
“This has been an amazing opportunity to introduce the public to a programme that we feel passionately about. We look forward to delivering a range of Water, Mills and Marshes projects to the benefit of the Broads National Park and the people who live there.”
Helen Wilson said of the Broads National Park:
“There is a timeless eternal magic about the Broads… As Ted Ellis once so eloquently said, ‘a breathing space for the cure of souls’”
The launch marks the beginning of projects being created for local people to make a connection with the landscape of the Broads National Park. There will be opportunities for people to gain hands on experience and new skills from helping to restore historic mills to surveying wildlife habitats. Guided walks, trails, events and exhibitions will be organised and there will be a small grants scheme introduced so the public can apply for funding for Broads heritage projects of their own.
To find out more about the project visit http://watermillsandmarshes.org.uk/
Friday 19 January 2018