The Brecks

One of the great natural areas of Britain

The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme

Introducing a new Landscape Partnership scheme for the Brecks...

Following on from the successful Breaking New Ground Landscape Partnership Scheme, a new application was submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund in June 2017. The application was successful at Stage 1 and received funding to develop it's stage 2 bid for £2M of funding towards a £3m scheme concentrating on Landscape and Heritage of the Brecks' Fen Edge & Rivers.

What's it all about?


Conference and Consultation event


13th March 2019

1.00pm to 4.00pm

The Carnegie Rooms, Thetford


The event took place at The Carnegie on Cage Lane, and was arranged to inform delegates about the new scheme, for which an application is currently being developed for funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

BFER is a follow-on scheme from the successful National Lottery funded Breaking New Ground initiative which ran in The Brecks between 2015 and 2018. This new five-year scheme explores aspects of water in The Brecks, and has key focuses including the heritage, conservation and environment of this unique landscape. It is set to start in 2020 once funding has been granted.

Brecks River c: Nick Ford

During the event, there were short presentations about the Brecks heritage and the many projects the BFER team is planning for the new scheme. These include a wide variety of river and pingo restoration projects, as well as archaeological research, training, heritage crafts skills workshops and a whole host of other engagement activities for all ages.

Many organisations who are key players in the landscape partnership were present with information about their own activities in The Brecks. There were also chances to get hands-on and become involved in an ‘aquatic’ art activity.



  • Introduction to The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Scheme

Nick Dickson, Scheme Development Manager

  • The Brecks’ Important Freshwater Areas

Jeremy Biggs, Director, Freshwater Habitats Trust

  • Restoring the Rivers

James Dyke and Rob Clapham, Environment Agency

  • The Brecks Fen Edge Heritage

Dr Richard Hoggett, Archaeological Consultant

  • River Recreation and Outdoor Swimming

Imogen Radford, BFER Project Lead Volunteer and member of the Outdoor Swimming Society

  • BFER delivery, an overview of Projects

Nick Dickson, Scheme Development Manager


Delegates were given the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed activities which will help shape the final form of a number of projects before the submission of the overall scheme to the Heritage Fund in May.

If you want to know more, please contact the scheme development team on