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Coastal cash windfall

PUBLISHED: 19:54 26 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:06 22 October 2010

RICHARD PARR

It's an £80,000 coastal cash windfall waiting to be spent but not many people seem to know that's it available.

But now the people that dish out the dosh for environmental and sustainable innovation projects are anxious to let more people in on Norfolk's apparent best-kept secret.

It is an £80,000 coastal cash windfall waiting to be spent but not

many people seem to know it is available.

Now the people who dish out the dosh for environmental and sustainable innovation projects are anxious to let more people in on Norfolk's apparently best-kept secret.

People with new and exciting ideas relating to the Norfolk coast - designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - are being urged to submit their applications without delay.

The first round of applications has to be in by July 11, with selected projects completed by the end of March next year. There are further applications deadlines later in the year.

Last year, £50,000 of government cash was made available and used to fund a variety of projects, from wildlife explorer kits for families enjoying trips to the coast, to reed bed management and research into green tourism.

Yesterday, members of the Norfolk Coast Sustainable Development Fund - the people who decide which applications are to get cash - got out from behind their desks to have a look at project work in practice.

At Wells beach, they each got to grips with the family explorer kits designed to enable families to learn about the wildlife of the Norfolk coast.

For a refundable deposit of £10 the kits - containing a variety of items including binoculars, magnifying glass and "washed-up wonders" identification cards - are available from tourist information offices and youth hostels.

Other projects visited by fund members yesterday included the north Norfolk reedbed/cutter project, and the Titchwell Marsh Visitor Centre interpretation scheme.

John Jones, rural environment manager for Norfolk, said he was really pleased with the wildlife explorer kits.

"What I like about the choices that we have made are that they are quite different and the fund is very good for that," he said.

Fund administrator and Norfolk Coast Partnership community officer, Maree Limpus said: "This fund is all about finding innovative and exciting ways of working with, and living within, the fantastic environment of the Norfolk coast - not just today but into the future."

She stressed that people with ideas about working with the environment and protecting it should not be put off with the form-filling because help was available.

More details are available at www.norfolkcoastaonb.org.uk or from fund administrator Maree Limpus on 01328 850530 and at maree.limpus@norfolk.gov.uk


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