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3.5 Supporting Sustainability

Supporting natural partnership progression over the five-year project delivery period, and to ensure the development of legacy structures.

Delivery Lead Organisation: Cam and Ely Ouse Catchment Partnership (Anglian Water)

Brecks Options Study

Suffolk County Council have appointed Alison Farmer Associates and Resources for Change to carry out a study into options available to secure the long-term protection and management of the Brecks area of Suffolk and Norfolk.

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  • Enable and support the development and formation and development of new partnerships around the other projects in the bid in the Brecks.
  • Enhance understanding of the partnership development process through facilitated workshops and the creation of 5 “how to” guides.
  • Deliver a GIS mapping strategy to facilitate delivery of project objectives, promote collaboration and communication, and ensure a lasting project legacy.
  • Build delivery and fund-raising capacity within partnership groups and co-develop future funding bids.
  • Develop a legacy structure to enable delivery long after the life of the bid BFER scheme


To support natural partnership progression over the five-year project delivery period, and to ensure the development of legacy structures, the project will:

Year 1 – Facilitate the development of new and existing partnership structures by aligning aspirations, identifying need and benefit, and getting buy-in from partners,

Year 2 – Train partners in how to prioritise action, create a partnership action plan and overcome partnership issues, drawing on local best practice examples,

Year 3 – Engage partners on the process of building resilience within the partnership, with a focus on five-year planning, shared commitments and resourcing an action plan,

Year 4 – Support additional action through identifying fund-raising opportunities and collectively completing a funding bid for a ‘post-BFER’ partnership project,

Year 5 – Develop legacy structures within the partnerships, allowing momentum to be maintained and encouraging partner ownership).

The project will deliver a series of collaboration and training workshops across the five years, engaging with the Catchment Partnerships and volunteer groups to build capacity, facilitating the creation and up-skilling of new and existing partnerships within the Brecks wider landscape and enable the development of fund-raising skills which will ensure partnership sustainability and legacy beyond the project. Each year will focus on a different theme of partnership development, with guidance and advice being provided as a resource annually.

Alongside these activities, the project will also deliver the recommendations of the BFER Geo-Spatial Mapping Strategy which will allow project partners to map their various projects and share it with partners and other audiences

The strategy will:

  • avoid disjointed approaches to land & heritage management by landowners, conservationists, archaeologists & historians
  • enable sharing of information across sectors and with community interest groups and volunteers
  • establish common protocols and data standards
  • provide a single approach to mapping using free software, while accommodating other systems
  • create of a best practice network across all projects within the scheme, via resource sharing, discussion fora and workshops
  • train provision for partners and volunteers to support existing NGO’s to accept/use/make available community mapping outputs.
  • allow the public and project partners to explore maps and data via a website

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