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Brecks project scoops £1.5m lottery funding

PUBLISHED: 07:44 17 March 2014 | UPDATED: 11:52 17 March 2014

Knettishall. Photo: Nick Ford

Knettishall. Photo: Nick Ford

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Communities, schools and the landscape of one of Norfolk and Suffolk’s most diverse areas will be benefiting from a series of conservation projects after a £1.5m lottery grant was secured.

The Breaking New Ground Landscape Partnership Board and Suffolk County Council confirmed on Friday that the Heritage Lottery Fund was backing its £2.2m scheme to deliver a host of projects in the Brecks.

The remaining funding will be a mixture of contributions from local authorities, project partners and volunteers.

The money will be spent on 37 projects in the Breaking New Ground (BNG) scheme, including the restoration of the Pump House at Brandon Country Park by West Suffolk College students.

Norfolk and Suffolk Wildlife Trusts will be going into schools to promote the importance of the Brecks habitats, The Breckland Society and the UEA will be carrying out extensive research, and access to the area will be improved to encourage visitors.

Lisa Chambers, BNG Chairman and Deputy Leader of Suffolk County Council, said she was “delighted” with the award: “As a result of this award, the partnership will be able to carry out a great number of exciting projects for the benefit of Brecks landscape, heritage and communities.

“These will include the creation of a conservation volunteer centre, walking and cycling trails, heritage interpretation that tells the story of the Brecks and new training opportunities. This is excellent news for the Brecks and Suffolk as a whole.”

The scheme will be delivered over the next 3 years. It is hoped the project will enable the BNG team to engage local communities and partners in telling the story of the Brecks and to develop a sense of pride and belonging in the area.

Robyn Llewellyn, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund, East of England: “The Brecks is a unique landscape and our funding will ensure that a much wider range of people will benefit from the natural heritage around them. In addition, heritage sites such as Brandon Engine House and several pingos will be restored for future generations to enjoy.”

Breaking New Ground will be hosted by Suffolk County Council at Brandon Country Park.

Richard Smith, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Environment and Planning, said: “Suffolk County Council is delighted to receive this important Heritage Lottery Grant, which is the biggest of its kind in the county to date, and looks forward to playing the leading role in delivering many exciting new landscape heritage and community projects in the Brecks area.”

Where would you like to see the money spent? Let us know by emailing reporter Andrew Fitchett on andrew.fitchett@archant.co.uk

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