Breaking New Ground

Reconnecting People with The Brecks

Left to right; Nick Dickson (BNG, Project Manager), with ‘Sandlines’ team Lois Williams and Melinda Appleby.

Left to right; Nick Dickson (BNG, Project Manager), with ‘Sandlines’ team Lois Williams and Melinda Appleby.

First community grant from the ‘People’s Pot Grant Fund’ awarded.

The Breaking New Ground Landscape Partnership is delighted to award the first community grant of £3100 to the ‘Sandlines’ creative writing project.

The ‘Breaking New Ground’ Landscape Partnership Scheme has a small grants fund available to support individuals, organisations and communities seeking funding for their own Landscape or Heritage projects in the scheme area. The Breaking New Ground team were pleased to receive a number of fantastic applications for the first window back in September and are happy to announce the first of two successful applicants as the ‘Sandlines’ project.

Sandlines, a creative writing project linking landscapes, nature and memory, has received a grant of £3100 to offer writing workshops in The Brecks. With its extensive forests and heathland punctuated by rivers and meres, its wildlife and its history — from Iron Age flint mines and Norman rabbit warrens to recreational and agricultural landscapes — the Brecks is an inspiring and distinctive place for all kinds of creative work.  The Sandlines workshops offer participants the opportunity to respond to Brecks landscapes through poetry, nature writing and time spent outside.  Melinda Appleby, writer and landscape adviser, and Lois Williams, poet and creative writing tutor, will guide the activities. Participants will also be invited to continue their practice with on-line support and their work can be included in a publication later in the year.


"This is such an exciting opportunity for local people to explore the Brecks on their doorstep and to use writing to celebrate and remember aspects of Breckland life."  Melinda Appleby


“We’re delighted to be part of Breaking New Ground’s vision for building community through the arts, and especially to see writing and nature highlighted together in the Brecks.” Lois Williams


"We are delighted to make the first grant from the Breaking New Ground People's Pot Fund. This project involves a range of exciting activities and will bring a new dimension to the Scheme, as well as boosting community engagement in the Brecks and its fascinating heritage." James Parry, Vice Chairman BNG Board

The next window for applications is now open until 31st March 2015. Breaking New Ground is particularly keen to encourage projects that help conserve or restore the natural and built heritage of the Brecks. For more information please click here.



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