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Breckland projects to benefit from £2.2m funding scheme




Nick Dickson, Breaking New Ground, Project Manager, with 'Sandlines' team Lois Williams and Melinda Appleby.
Nick Dickson, Breaking New Ground, Project Manager, with 'Sandlines' team Lois Williams and Melinda Appleby.

A £2.2 million community scheme to help conserve the natural and built heritage of the Brecks across Norfolk and Suffolk has kicked off its first window of funding.

The Breaking New Ground (BNG) Landscape Partnership pledged £3,100 from the ‘People’s Pot Grant Fund’ to the Sandlines project, a creative writing initiative that will offer workshops and tours throughout the Breckland landscape.

James Parry, vice Chairman of the BNG board, said: “We are delighted to make the first grant from the People’s Pot Fund.

“This project involves a range of exciting activities and will bring a new dimension to the scheme, as well as boosting community engagement in the Brecks and its fascinating heritage.”

Participants in the Sandlines project will be able to continue their practice online and their work may also be included in a publication, to be released some time later this year.

The Breaking New Ground partnership, which is collaborating with local councils, the Norfolk and Suffolk Wildlife Trusts and various community groups, received a huge boost early in 2014 when it was awarded a £1.5 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The organisation has started its second window of applications for a portion of this funding, running until March 31, and has indicated it is particularly eager to support conservation and restoration projects.

For more information, call 01842 815 465 or visit www.breakingnewground.org.uk



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