Campaigners win race against time to save Ditchingham water 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.
You may also want to watch:
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.'
- 1 Would you know what to do if your car hit a deer?
- 2 Landlady warns community pubs are being 'crucified' by new measures
- 3 All the major Christmas events in Norfolk that can go ahead
- 4 Taxi driver stole more than £17,000 from his employer
- 5 Norfolk hospitals have discharged over 1,100 coronavirus patients
- 6 Water outages hit homes across city
- 7 'Gutted' - Thieves take BMW wheels leaving car on bricks
- 8 Town in mourning as nightclub owner who 'loved everybody' dies at 49
- 9 People released from car after crash closes road
- 10 Person freed from vehicle after crash on A140
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.