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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)

Project Update


  • 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

If you’re a BFER partner and you’d like to get involved in this project you can sign up to take part:

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Resources - BFER Guides

This is the first of a series of practical guides to help you as individuals, groups and organisations to collaborate more effectively.

A pair of workshops were held with stakeholders during the Autumn of 2020 to explore and learn from your previous experience of collaboration. We looked at what has worked well in the past, what has not been so successful, and what you’d like to improve or change about the way you currently collaborate.


Click here to view the document:

BFER Guide – How to Collaborate in Times of Covid


Here is the second series of practical guides and this one focuses on Fundraising.


Click here to view the document

BFER Guide – How to Fundraise Collaborative

Resources - BFER Collaborative Fundraising

If you would like to contribute to this discussion please email

Miro is free to sign up – To sign up click here

Instruction below:

How To – BFER Collaborative Funding Whiteboard


See below slides from April 2021 Workshop

Part 1 – Slides

Part 2 – Slides

Project Map Slides

Resources - QGIS Training

Below you will find slides from an introductory digital mapping training session provided by Exegesis on Tuesday 20th April 2021.

*If the slides below are not slowing click here*


Resources - BFER Legacy Online Workshop January 2022

BFER Legacy Online Workshop (Jan 2022)Click to view or download