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Lottery grant puts wind in the sails of Broads mills

PUBLISHED: 18:56 25 October 2017

Haddiscoe Mill, one of 12 historic mills to benefit from new funding. Picture: Julian Claxton

Haddiscoe Mill, one of 12 historic mills to benefit from new funding. Picture: Julian Claxton

Julian Claxton Photography 2013

Nearly £4m has been awarded to a Broads water, mills and marshes project.

Stone�s Mill, one of 12 historic mills to benefit from new funding. Picture: Broads Authority Stone�s Mill, one of 12 historic mills to benefit from new funding. Picture: Broads Authority

The Broads Landscape Partnership has received a National Lottery grant of £2.4m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) through its Landscape Partnership (LP) programme.

The funding will be matched with £1.5m from other partnership contributions to provide £3.9m.

The money will be used for 38 individual projects over a five year period aimed at enriching and promote heritage sites in and around the Broads.

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

Broads Authority Chief Executive John Packman. Picture Andrew Stone Broads Authority Chief Executive John Packman. Picture Andrew Stone

The Water, Mills and Marshes project is expected to provide a number of opportunities for thousands of people to connect with the unique Broads landscape.

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.

It is hoped that together these projects will help conserve the landscape of the Broads for people to enjoy in the future.

John Packman, Chief Executive of 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.

“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.”

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