Cash for Seaside Learning

ECA Chair Bernard Godding has expressed great pleasure that Norfolk Wildlife Trust has confirmed funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which added to other donations and support, will allow them to purchase Pope’s Marsh in Norfolk as part of its ‘A Living Coast’ project.

The project, in addition to securing Pope’s Marsh for conservation, will restore and integrate habitats such as saltmarsh, reed beds and pools into neighbouring nature reserves at Cley and Salthouse, build the Simon Aspinall Wildlife Education Centre, meeting a growing demand for information, education and events and establish a diverse programme of events and educational activities for families, visitors, groups and local communities, that will inspire current and future generations of conservationists on the importance of this area for wildlife.

Earlier this year Bernard was invited by the Trust to take part in a focus group consultation, where he was able to input ideas and suggestions as to what activities, events, services and opportunities a new wildlife education centre at the reserve might be able to offer.

Bernard says "At this time when climate change is very much on our minds it is significant that one of our activities during the DEFRA funded Every Action Counts project took place on this iconic site. Our collaboration with the Royal Wildlife Trusts was a significant element in our national partnership working that found favour with Ministers at the time of the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen".

"We congratulate the Trust and look forward to seeing the new environmental education resource dedicated to Simon Aspinall take shape in the coming months".

For more information on ‘A Living Coast ‘project please visit Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s website at

Date Added: September 30th 2013