Childhood memories are sought for Suffolk Wildlife Trust project

Views across Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve Picture: James Bass

Views across Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2013

Childhood memories are being sought as part of a living heritage project.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust is looking for people to share their memories of growing up wild in the Suffolk Broads as part of a project to record an important part of our living heritage.

The project, supported by Essex & Suffolk Water's Branch Out fund, will create a memory bank of people's childhood experiences of nature in Lowestoft and the surrounding countryside, which will be used to inspire families to spend more time in nature.

Sara Holman and Tracey Housley, who are both leading on the campaign, said the initiative was an opportunity to 'create a living legacy' for nature and the communities of Lowestoft and beyond.

Sara Holman said: 'By collecting and sharing people's stories about living in and around these marshes and meadows, copses and coasts, we can demonstrate how children in this part of the county have always grown up with a largely outdoor life.

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'They will also paint a vivid picture of the lost Suffolk that the Trust is striving to restore – a Living Landscape of big skies and expansive wetlands.'

Tracey Housley added: 'Earlier this year the Trust, with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, launched a Growing Up Wild campaign across the county and we have been overwhelmed by the response, especially in Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich.

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'We now want to expand the project and focus on the wealth of untapped stories in Lowestoft – a town where the sea and the Broads has shaped the way people live and play.'Miranda Cooper, conservation and land manager, Essex & Suffolk Water, added: 'The link between health and the countryside is well known and many of the Branch Out projects encourage people to be outside, visiting sites and learning more about their local countryside.'

? The Trust is inviting people to share their memories – whether it is a few lines, a few pages or just a photograph. You can submit these via or by emailing Alternatively write to Growing Up Wild, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Brooke House, The Green, Ashbocking, Ipswich, IP6 9JY.

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