Suffolk Wildlife Trust receives grant of £247,000 from the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund

Suffolk Wildlife Trust receives grant of £247,000 from the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund

Carlton Marshes

Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s stunning landscape-scale reserve, Carlton Marshes, near Lowestoft, has received a grant to continue habitat creation and restoration work as well as extend fully accessible paths and create more opportunities for everyone to get closer to nature.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s ‘Carlton Marshes – Bringing the Broads to Lowestoft’ project has been awarded a grant from the Government’s £40 million second round of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, a multi-million pound boost for green jobs and nature recovery. 

Ninety nature projects across England have been awarded grants from £68,100 to £1,950,000 to create and retain over 1,000 green jobs, backed by the Government’s £80 million Green Recovery Challenge Fund. 

Work will be carried out on over 600 sites from North Northumberland to the tip of Cornwall, and combined with the first round, almost a million trees will be planted, contributing towards the Government’s commitment to treble tree planting rates across England by the end of this Parliament. 

Carlton Marshes landscape, John Ferguson

Carlton Marshes landscape, John Ferguson

Coinciding with the opening of a new visitor centre in June 2021 (delayed from June 2020 by the pandemic), the project's investment in wetland creation, grazing and access infrastructure, will accelerate the transformation of Carlton Marshes into a regional nature destination that will revive the southern Broads National Park and enable Lowestoft to create a nature-based tourism economy, as part of the recovery from Covid-19. 

The funding will enable a wide range of important conservation initiatives to support Broadland species including rare water plants and insects, waders and overwintering birds. 

The funds will also enable Suffolk Wildlife Trust to connect more people with nature by installing surfaced wheelchair paths and raised panoramic viewpoints to create new nature experiences and walks. It will also create a pond-dipping platform and surfaced path to provide learning activities, and an exciting new Assistant Warden job opportunity. 

North East Suffolk Sites Manager, Matt Gooch, said: “This funding will enable the reserve here at Carlton Marshes to take a further step forward for wildlife by adding to the diversity of wetland habitats and will enable visitors easier access and opportunities to have a wildlife experience right on the doorstep of Lowestoft.” 

Carlton Marshes visitor centre, John Ferguson

Carlton Marshes visitor centre, John Ferguson

The Green Recovery Challenge Fund is a key part of the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Plan to kick-start nature recovery and tackle climate change. Connecting people with nature is another priority theme: by increasing access to nature and greenspaces, projects will support both physical and mental wellbeing. The Government's Green Recovery Challenge Fund was developed by Defra and its Arm's-Length Bodies. The fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England, the Environment Agency and Forestry Commission. 

Environment Minister, Rebecca Pow, said:  

“The diverse and ambitious projects being awarded funding today will help environmental organisations employ more people to work on tree-planting, nature restoration and crucially, help more of the public to access and enjoy the outdoors. 

“Through our £80 million Fund, we are on track to support over 2,500 jobs in England, plant  almost a million trees and increase nature recovery at a huge scale across the country, which will help us deliver against our 25 Year Environment Plan.” 

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive, National Lottery Heritage Fund, said:  

“From wetland restoration, to creating wildlife-rich habitat for bees, it is vital that we value, protect and rebuild our natural heritage. This new funding will not only allow projects to carry out direct conservation which is essential in protecting our biodiversity, but it will increase awareness of how and why we need to change our behaviours in order to protect our future.”   

Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency, said: 

“By supporting jobs from Northumberland to Somerset, the Green Recovery Challenge Fund will help deliver a nature positive future. The fund supports young people to develop skills needed to protect nature, build back greener and prepare for climate impacts, like floods and heatwaves.” 

 Natural England Chair Tony Juniper said:  

“Our environmental and conservation charity sector does an incredible job in protecting, improving and restoring the natural environment for the benefit of communities and the economy.” 

Forestry Commission Chair Sir William Worsley said: 

“This funding will help deliver thousands more trees and help us achieve our target of trebling tree planting rates in England by the end of the Parliament. We need to work towards net zero emissions by 2050; to address biodiversity loss; to better connect people with nature; and to create more green jobs in doing so. Trees are central to this and the projects being awarded these grants will have a hugely important role in helping us realise these objectives.” 

A full list of awards is available to view at:… 

Green Recovery Challenge Fund logo 2021

Green Recovery Challenge Fund logo 2021