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private house) operated as a wherry granary, with the river running underneath the building, to allow wherries to load and unload grain through hatches. Find out more about the history of Stalham and the wider Broads at the Museum of the Broads, also at the staithe.

The Return of Happy Times Many fascinating and inspiring projects make up Water, Mills & Marshes, the Broads Landscape Partnership Scheme. Here’s just one project, completed last year. Burgh Castle Almanac was an archaeology, creativity and well-being programme based at Burgh Castle Roman fort and Time and Tide Museum at Great Yarmouth, run by the Restoration Trust, in partnership with Norfolk Archaeological Trust and others. Follow the link below to The Return of Happy Times, a film directed by Lowestoft-based photographer and filmmaker Julian Claxton, together with members of the Burgh Castle Almanac group. It illustrates Burgh Castle Almanac activities, with members also explaining how the group benefited them. The title, The Return of Happy Times, is taken from a saying on a Roman coin that the group found at the fort. Find out about the many other projects at

The Broads is the business In November 2020 the Broads Authority was the winner of the Knowledge Pioneer award in the Norfolk Business Awards, sponsored by the University of East Anglia. The Authority has built productive relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders including research institutions, schools and colleges, and the Broads communities themselves, including farmers, landowners, boat owners and visitors. The judges were impressed by how the Authority has structured the organisation to enable greater knowledge exchange and problem solving. “Innovation and collaboration are hard-

Hardley Mill

The initiative between Clarion Housing and the Authority is supported by the #iwill Fund, which is an England-wide joint investment bringing together funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and the National Lottery Community Fund.

wired into the DNA of our organisation and together we have achieved so much for this unique and special place. This paves the way for us to manage the Broads National Park for future generations to enjoy,” said John Packman, Chief Executive. Read more in the December 2020 Broads Briefing.

Clarion call The Broads Authority is working on a new youth engagement and social action project in partnership with Clarion Housing, the UK’s largest housing association. The Authority’s Education Officer and rangers are providing training and education to young people who may not normally have an opportunity to visit the Broads. The aim is to inspire them with their local natural environment and to encourage them to deliver their own social action projects within their own communities. As well as exploring the Broads National Park, they’ll be working on projects including practical conservation, constructing wildlife homes, tree planting, and ecological surveying and recording.

Chara Bay, Hickling – part of the CANAPE project

Broadland Futures Initiative (BFI) This important partnership is working towards future flood risk management, to cope with our changing climate and rising sea level. Since January 2021 the BFI has been undertaking virtual public engagement. For more info and for details on how you can have your say, please visit A series of study reports is also available on the website: • Origins of the Plan Area – a brief history of the Broadland area and how it has changed and adapted over time • Sources of Flood Risk – includes key flood events that occurred in the past • Coastal Processes – describes the evolution of the coast between Cromer and Great Yarmouth, with a focus on the low-lying Eccles to Winterton area • Current Approaches to Flood Risk Management – includes an overview of funding for flood risk management • The Influence of Flood Risk Management – overview of how the local economy, as well as the social and natural environments, are influenced by current flood risk management

Burgh Castle

Green Apple CANAPE We are delighted that our CANAPE project, which is restoring wetlands and developing wetland agriculture, has won an International Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice. Our gold award is in the category Partnerships for Carbon Reduction. The CANAPE partnership consists of 14 organisations across five countries: the UK, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium. The award was given in September 2020 for our work with our project partners in: • Demonstrating new types of farming, with wetter, more carbon friendly soils, to provide farmers with a sustainable alternative to current carbon intensive farming practices

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