Broads visitor scheme raises £10,000 for worthy projects

Steam day at the Museum of the Broads in Stalham with a flotilla of steam powered boats leaving the

Steam day at the Museum of the Broads in Stalham with a flotilla of steam powered boats leaving the museum for a tour of the Broads. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A visitor giving scheme in the Broads has handed out more than £10,000 to projects protecting wildlife and promoting the wetlands.

More than 80 businesses based in the area are signed up to Love the Broads, which encourages voluntary donations from visitors when services or goods are bought.

Every year, the funds raised are then distributed among worthy causes in the area.

This year's donations include £1,742 to the Museum of the Broads, which will be spent on safety equipment at the riverside museum.

Nicola Hems, curator at the museum, said: 'We are delighted to receive a grant of £1,742.80 from Love the Broads to install a safety chain and ladder at our quay heading. 'This will ensure that if anyone falls into the river, be they museum visitors or boat users, they can climb out or be helped to safety.

'All of the work to install the chain and ladder will be done by museum volunteers.'

The Broads Authority has been given £2,000 towards the cost of creating new moorings at Boundary Farm on the River Bure and £500 towards a nesting tower for swifts at Whitlingham Country Park.

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Meanwhile, Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden was given £2,121 as part of a project to provide new boat moorings on South Walsham Broad and £2,540 was donated to Carlton and Oulton Marshes for fen harvesting.

Nick Barne, chairman of the Broads Trust, which operates Love the Broads, said 'We are again very pleased to be able to provide grants to these excellent projects which will all benefit the Broads National Park.

'Love the Broads is now in its fifth year and we are very grateful for the support of so many people and businesses. We started with just seven businesses in 2012 and that number has now grown to well over 75. I think this is a wonderful achievement.'

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