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Norfolk Coast Resilience

Management Plan strand: Local communities and the rural economy

Brief project summary:

The Green Recovery Challenge Fund support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund is for two significant projects in the area of outstanding natural beauty: one for two of its rare chalk rivers, and one to help increase resilience on this soft coast.

The Norfolk Coast AONB is a designated landscape of remarkable natural beauty, under intense environmental pressure, including climate change. The £193,000 grant is an 18 month project of education, empowerment and action across five community hubs to take immediate action to connect, maintain and improve their local environment, and to plan future improvements – resulting in an engaged community and a much more integrated area, actively managed for nature and with increased resilience.

Project aim and objectives:

It delivers a minimum of:

  • Empowered communities – 5 community hubs with full community engagement, informed, and empowered to produce their own nature recovery plans and contribute to wider, longer-term plans.
  • Local nature initiatives improving biodiversity – 50 gardens, 6 school grounds, 5 woodlands, 8 wildlife ponds, 100 trees planted.
  • Improved connectivity within and between communities, building ecological networks and stepping-stones linking existing sites.
  • Immediate community action – 550 volunteers delivering £40k worth of volunteering, 800 diverse people engaging with or visiting nature.
  • Improved evidence, data collection and recording – 1 research project, 5 Bioblitz, 20 wildlife surveys.

The project delivers two jobs, two work placements, training, activities, interpretation, 3,200 hours from 493 volunteers worth £39,000, covering 9,927 hectares.

Partners involved: Norfolk Coast Partnership

Funded by: The Green Recovery Challenge Fun support from the National Lottery Heritage Fun

Start date & finish date: November 2021 until ?

Latest update:

Cllr Andrew Jamieson, Chair of the NCP’s Core Management Group, said: “North Norfolk isn’t just home to beautiful landscapes, but also to rare ones too, and this funding will help protect some of the really remarkable habitats right here in Norfolk. These projects will provide new jobs and training, but more than that they will bring together professionals, volunteers and communities to both protect the Norfolk Coast and to help people understand more about the remarkable environment we have on our doorstep. The success of these bids is wonderful news and I can’t wait to get started on these brilliant projects.”

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