Are you interested in the railway and natural heritage of Marriott’s Way? Norfolk County Council’s Norfolk Trails Section is hoping to get funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project that will help to discover more about the history of the route and tell people all about the stories that are uncovered in innovative and accessible ways.
A key part of the project would be to get people from the areas that the trail goes through involved in some really interesting activities, including things like carrying out archive research, sharing and recording memories of the railway, helping to conserve and recreate the railway artifacts that remain, improving the wildlife habitats within the trail corridor and participating in the events that would be organised on the trail.
Activities for schools
It is also planned to offer a programme of educational activities for schools and other groups, based around the history of the railways and the wildlife that moved in once the trains stopped running.
New circular routes
One of the aims of the project is to make the Marriott’s Way a more interesting place to visit and therefore attract more visitors. New circular routes would be developed off the main Trail as part of the project, which should result in even more people visiting the area to explore the heritage of countryside, towns and villages between Norwich, Reepham and Aylsham. This would all benefit local businesses such as pubs and cafes in the places that the route passes through.
What happens next?
The project has got through the first stage of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s grant assessment process, and been allocated some funding to help with the development of a full bid. This is due to be submitted in early March 2016. If successful, the project will start in August 2016 and last for three years.
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If you would like to be kept informed about the project, please sign up to the Marriott’s Way Heritage Trail Project e-newsletter by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about the Marriott’s Way – http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/marriottsway