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The Norfolk’s two chalk Rivers

Management Plan strand: The Natural Environment

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.

Norfolk’s Hun and Stiffkey are two of only 210 rare chalk rivers worldwide, valued globally, and important to local communities. The £885,400 grant will help the river catchments which share challenges:

  • Climate change and sea-level rise.
  • Man-made modifications destroying the natural course and flow.
  • Pollution, phosphate and nitrate loading, damaging the ecology.
  • Fragmented, disconnected habitats, empty of wildlife.

Connected by landscape, sharing an aquifer, both also share the potential for significant landscape-scale restoration to create, enhance and sustain rare, vibrant ecosystems.

This joint Norfolk Rivers Trust and Norfolk Coast Partnership project optimises use of key skills of each organisation, building on past successful collaborations.

The Rivers Trust, proven experts in river and catchment restoration, will deliver the capital works. Norfolk Coast Partnership will deliver project management, administration, interpretation, a community programme and co-ordinate the volunteers.

Project aim and objectives:

The project delivers £530k of environmental and access improvements including 20km river and 24 hectares wetland improvements, 6 jobs (4FTE), 4 Kickstart placements, £200k direct to environmental charities, a comprehensive community programme and £30k of volunteer involvement.

Partners involved: Norfolk Rivers Trust, 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:

Jonah Tosney, Operations director of the Norfolk Rivers Trust, said:

“Norfolk’s Hun and Stiffkey both share challenges with sea-level rise, man-made modifications removing natural flow, and pollution and fragmented habitats resulting in unfavourable conditions for wildlife. Our project will provide innovative solutions to combat these problems whilst also providing opportunities for the local communities.”

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