Boost to trust’s 1,000 acre plan
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.