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In June 2017, following on from the successful Breaking New Ground Landscape Partnership Scheme, an application for a new scheme was submitted by Suffolk County Council to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme is a National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) funded Landscape Partnership Scheme for the Brecks.


BFER is hosted by Suffolk Country Council and is delivering a series of new and exciting community-based landscape and heritage conservation projects, focused on the Brecks’ fen edge and river corridors over a 5-year period (2020-2024). The partnership is made up of regional, national and local organisations with an interest in the area, community groups and members of the community and includes:

Suffolk County Council, The Environment Agency, West Suffolk Council, Thetford Town Council, Breckland District Council, Anglia Water (Cam & Ely-Ouse Catchment Partnership), Fresh Water Habitats Trust, Norfolk Rivers Trust, Natural England, Norfolk & Suffolk Wildlife Trusts, The Breckland Society, Norfolk Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group, Suffolk Farming & wildlife Advisory Group, Green Light Trust, Norfolk Geodiversity Partnership, Ancient House Museum, West Stow Anglo Saxon Village, Keystone Development Trust, Bush Adventures CIC and many more.

The Scheme outputs have concentrated on the key Fen Edge and Freshwater habitat areas within the Brecks, with the aim of delivering real understanding of water-based heritage and conservation issues, and positive conservation changes on the ground. This area encompasses a unique landscape in Britain with an incredible and much overlooked heritage and biodiversity.