Campaigners win race against time to save Ditchingham water meadow

A community group has acquired Falcon Meadow, in Ditchingham. Pictured are Tony Dawes, Allan Myatt,

A community group has acquired Falcon Meadow, in Ditchingham. Pictured are Tony Dawes, Allan Myatt, Deirdre Shepherd and Tim Child in the meadow. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Campaigners are celebrating after winning a seven-week race against time to buy a piece of unspoilt water meadow.

Falcon Meadow, in Ditchingham, could have been lost to the community when it was sold at auction had the group not come up with the £50,000 purchase price.

After raising the money through donations and personal loans, the 50-strong group have ensured that the four-acre site will remain a public space.

A number of events have now been planned to raise money to repay the supporters, including a charity duck race.

The meadow will be owned and administered by a new charity, the Falcon Meadow Community Trust, and a team of five trustees.

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Tim Child, part of the trust, said: 'It's a lovely part of the River Waveney and a fantastic beauty spot.

'The land can now continue to be enjoyed by everyone.'

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The group hopes to raise the money to pay back the loans through a series of public events on the much-loved local beauty spot, and to conserve their purchase for the communities of Bungay and Ditchingham.

For their first event this summer, the Falcon Trustees have chosen to inaugurate an annual duck race, because they believe the River Waveney at Bungay and Ditchingham, combined with Falcon Meadow, makes for a near-perfect duck racing course.

The Trust will unveil this year's Fundraising for Falcon campaign at a meeting in Bungay's Emmanuel Rooms, at 6.30pm on Wednesday, May 13 and everyone is invited to attend.

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