Broads festival ends with green boat show at Salhouse

Under human power, David Williams in his peddle boat at the Broads Green Boat Show at Salhouse.; Photo by Simon Finlay

Salhouse Broad will become a mecca for green boating tomorrow when some of the Broads' most historic sailing boats take to the water alongside silent electric and man-powered boats to bring the two week Broads Outdoors Festival to a grand finale.

The Broads Green Boat and Tourism Show will feature more than 30 exhibitors showcasing how you can have fun on the water without damaging the environment and promoting how they are making an effort to 'green up'.

Visitors can arrive in style aboard an electric powered water taxi from Granary Staithe in Hoveton for £8 return including the entrance fee. They then have the chance to get out on the broad in a variety of eco friendly boats for free.

They can try their hand at canoeing, enjoy a skippered sail aboard a 1930s heritage yacht, step aboard a 101-year-old wherry or take a trip in an electric boat.

The Broads Authority's Edwardian style electric launch Liana, which runs from Hoveton during the summer, will be giving free trips round Salhouse Broad.

While on board visitors will be able to view the authority's innovative work to re-build a lost reed bed and strengthen a spit of land popular for mooring by re-using dredged sediment.

The work has been short-listed for the innovation category of the Water Renaissance Awards. Visit the Broads Authority's gazebo to find out more from the project manager, William Coulet.

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Younger members of the family will have the chance to win prizes by hunting down the killer shrimp, which has invaded the Broads.

They can also follow a treasure trail to identify alien invaders and create their own alien from clay and other natural materials.

Meanwhile the Broads Authority's wetland biosecurity Officer, Will Burchnall, will be explaining how to stop the spread of invasive species.

Organiser Tobi Baker appealed to people to take a green approach to getting to the show where possible, pointing out that there were good bus and train routes through Salhouse.

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