Wild Day Out celebration to mark exciting land purchase

Suffolk Wildlife Trust was awarded a grant of £4m, allowing the creation of a new nature reserve at

Suffolk Wildlife Trust was awarded a grant of £4m, allowing the creation of a new nature reserve at Carlton Marshes near Lowestoft. Broads Warden Matt Gooch. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A celebration event will be held next weekend to mark the purchase of new land in the Broads.

A 'Wild Day Out' will take centre stage at Carlton Marshes on Saturday, July 7 as people are given the chance to see Suffolk Wildlife Trust's vision for 1,000 acres of wildness and a new visitor centre.

In April it was announced that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) would award £4,063,000 to realise Suffolk Wildlife Trust's vision of a landscape-scale nature reserve. The Trust will take ownership of the new land – a parcel of 348 acres surrounding Carlton Marshes – early in July.

To mark the completion of the purchase, which means the Trust can now begin to build a new visitor centre and start what will be the most ambitious habitat creation project seen in the Broads for more than a decade, a celebration day will be held with Waveney MP Peter Aldous among the dignitaries.

Matt Gooch, Suffolk Wildlife Trust's Broads Warden, said: 'Buying the land is the culmination of a tremendous effort by so many people across Suffolk and beyond, and our Wild Day Out on July 7 is a chance for everyone to share in the excitement of the land purchase.

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'I would like to invite you to join us at any time from 11am to 3pm to hear more about our plans for the reserve from the Trust team who will be leading the project and to thank you for your part in making it happen.'

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