Boost to trust’s 1,000 acre plan

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Suf­folk Wildlife Trust’s bid to es­tab­lish a new 1,000 acre na­ture re­serve in the Broads Na­tional Park has taken an­other sig­nif­i­cant step for­ward.

The Ge­of­frey Watling Char­ity has do­nated £25,000 to­wards the pur­chase of Share Marsh, a cru­cial part of the trust’s vi­sion to cre­ate a wet­ter, wilder land­scape.

Matt Gooch, Broads war­den for Carl­ton Marshes, said the do­na­tion would help se­cure part of a na­tion­ally im­por­tant land­scape that will ben­e­fit both wildlife and peo­ple.

The Nor­wich-based char­ity was founded by Mr Watling in 1993, fol­low­ing the death of his only daugh­ter Carol.

Mr Watling, a re­spected busi­ness­man cred­ited with twice sav­ing Nor­wich City Foot­ball Club, where he re­mained the pres­i­dent un­til his death in 2004, was in­tensely proud of his home area and had a spe­cial at­tach­ment to the Broads, racing speed boats there in the 1950s.

The trust has raised £630,000 to­wards the £1m needed to make the whole project pos­si­ble.

A pub­lic ap­peal, backed by Sir David At­ten­bor­ough, was launched in Oc­to­ber last year af­ter the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund ( HLF) ap­proved the trust’s ini­tial plans.

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