Save a vi­tal Nor­folk Broad

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

THE Nor­folk Wildlife Trust (NWT) has launched an ur­gent ap­peal for help in se­cur­ing the fu­ture of the Hick­ling Broad es­tate, fa­mously home to the boom­ing bit­tern, where the char­ity has been a long-term ten­ant (Town & Coun­try, Septem­ber 14).

a Na­tional Na­ture Re­serve, SSSI, Spe­cial Pro­tec­tion Area, Unescodes­ig­nated Ram­sar site and part of the na­tional park, the broad is not only vi­tal to the county’s wildlife, but is con­sid­ered in­ter­na­tion­ally im­por­tant, too.

The own­ers have agreed to sell the 655-acre site for £2.3 mil­lion, but the char­ity is £1 mil­lion short, with just five months to come up with the cash. ‘The Hick­ling es­tate has been in my fam­ily for 200 years,’ says Hal­lam Mills. ‘We are de­lighted that, out of many ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est, the Broad is go­ing to NWT, who in many ways were the Broad’s nat­u­ral owner.’

‘But we need help to com­plete the pur­chase,’ implores Bren­dan Joyce, NWT chief ex­ec­u­tive. ‘Se­cur­ing the fu­ture of this Broad will leave a great legacy for our 90th an­niver­sary.’

To do­nate, visit www.just­giv­ing. com/cam­paigns/char­ity/nor­folk­wildlifetrust/hick­ling or text ‘LAND26’ to 70070 stat­ing the amount you wish to give. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, visit www.nor­folk­wildlife

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