Save a vital Norfolk Broad
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 trust.org.uk