We’re proud to be part of LOVE THE BROADS – helping to protect the places that we all love to visit
We know that our unique Broads wetlands, their wonderful wildlife and around 125 miles of waterways draw millions of visitors every year, but those visitors also impact on the environment and facilities.
Love the Broads is a visitor giving scheme for the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads which aims to inspire people to care for the environment through making a small voluntary donation at key tourism sites, through their accommodation provider, or by giving money directly. If every visitor to the Broads gave just £1 it could raise £7 million each year for projects to protect the Broads in the future. It is administered by the Broads Trust, an independent charity with Trustees from local businesses, the Broads Society and the Broads Authority. The money raised goes towards supporting projects across the Broads which are delivered by many committed organisations which are working hard to protect and support our beautiful landscape, our local communities and our traditional heritage so the Broads remain an amazing and beautiful place to visit.
Through the collective power of small donations, visitors can do something extra for a place that has given them a lovely time, the tourism businesses get positive publicity and know they are helping to protect their investment, and the Broads get additional vital funding they need.
Currently, some of the projects that are receiving support and funding through Love the Broads are:
Broads by Bike
The project will benefit visitors and local cyclists touring the Broads area by bicycle by ensuring easier navigation along the various Broads by Bike routes, ensuring visitors are more easily able to keep to the designated routes and to pass and stop at the various points of interest, attractions, and refreshment stops along the way. The Grant will fund the design and printing of signage which will be put in place by volunteers.
Carlton & Oulton Marshes Nature Reserve
The project will enable visitors and local people to enjoy the fabulous wildlife of Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Broadland Nature Reserve at Carlton & Oulton Marshes by updating an all-weather, accessible, circular footpath around the marshes. The Grant will pay for the materials to deliver this much needed project with volunteers undertaking the work.
Barn Owl Boxes
Once a familiar site in the Broads and surrounding villages barn owls have become an increasingly uncommon sight. Seventeen barn owl boxes have been installed, increasing the habitat to help sustain breeding pairs. Landowners at four of the sites have also agreed to undertake further habitat improvements. The Love the Broads grant was also used as “match funding” for a further £2,000 from the Norfolk Biodiversity Project for an education pack. The Hawk and Owl Trust will start work on the education materials in autumn 2014, with the pack ready for 2015. Good news – a pair of barn owls has already moved into one of the Love the Broads funded boxes on the River Yare.
Dairy Barns is proud to be a supporter of Love the Broads – many of our guests are only too happy to contribute to the scheme through the optional donation we add onto bookings. It’s really quite exciting knowing that we are helping to make a difference.