Heritage & Environment
Water, Mills & Marshes
2016 to 2021
In 2016 we were responsible for developing all aspects of this £4.5 million, Broads National Park, Heritage Lottery funded project. This included developing a training and skills programme, an audience development plan, community engagement and learning strategy as well as examining issues relating to access.
The aim of the project was to restore the water mills on this special landscape and to educate and engage with the local population to encourage them to visit and interact with the broads and marshes.
In 2017 we were awarded the community engagement and learning contract to implement the strategy we had previously developed. By the time the contract ended in March 2021 we had:
Exceeded engagement targets (even during lockdown by developing highly successful online packages)
Spent, on average, 16 hours with each of the 2,400 students from 47 schools and collages educating them about the Broads National Park
Produced, written, filmed and edited 19 films to support the project
Won a national ‘Constructing Excellence’ award for the results of out heritage Training and Skills programme, were shortlisted for two national awards for our work with Community Rail Partnership partners and nominated for the Charity Film of the Year award for a film we made, free of charge, for How Hill Nature reserve.
Please visit Our videos page to see a small selection of films we made for this project.
Our thanks and gratitude go out to all schools, colleges, community groups who made success possible. Special thanks to those who participated in some of the innovative projects we developed such as the Digital Biathlon and Broads Album (24 music tracks researched, written and performed by local students) as well as to Will Burchnall, the Broads Authority project manager who was open to new ideas and must take much of the credit for the overall success of Water, Mills and Marshes.
2016 to present
We have also been responsible for preparing the Heritage Lottery development phase plans for successful bids by Landscape Partnerships covering Sherwood Forest and the Brecks.
In total, we have been contracted to deliver programmes for 3 Landscape Partnerships, 2 National Parks and 8 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.