Would you like to learn new skills and find out more about The Brecks? The Brecks’ heritage and landscape is a fantastic resource. Our projects aim to bring a wealth of knowledge, understanding and experience direct to you, so you can learn new skills and re-discover old hobbies.
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* The Iceni Botanical Artists invited us to look at the Brecks landscape in a new, inspiring way.* The Brecks has a rich and unique biodiversity that isn’t always fully understood or appreciated by local communities, the wider public and visitors alike. Using it as a source for creativity is a great way to raise awareness, add value and promote leisure pursuits in the area. Read more »
Discover the archaeology of the Brecks - Are you itching to get your hands dirty in a real excavation? Dying to know more about mysterious crop marks? Then this project could be just for you. Read more »
*2016's Brecks Fest took place at West Stow Country Park on the 27th and 28th of March 2016, and West Stow plan to make this a yearly event beyond the lifetime of BNG.* Read more »
From 2014 to 2016, Orchard Barn Environmental Education delivered 12 heritage building skills workshops to 456 participants,, exceeding the target of 360. The workshops were held at West Stow Country Park as it provided all of the facilities required and the project was able to leave behind a legacy of traditionally built structures for use by the public and the park itself. This project succeeded in providing individuals and communities with the confidence, knowledge and motivation to use their new skills to repair existing built heritage, as well as how to responsibly source natural and authentic building materials for use in these types of projects. Read more »
The geodiversity of the Brecks underpins much of the area’s rich heritage of landscape, biodiversity and cultural features. This project, one of four run by Tim Holt-Wilson of Norfolk Geodiversity Partnership ran a sequence of three day schools to communicate the Ice Age heritage of the Brecks. There are many landforms, paleolithic archaeological features and fossil biodiversity to be discovered by the untrained eye. Aiming to bring these schools to an audience of 90 participants from the local area, as well as visitors, these event proved very popular, with 92 attending in total. Read more »
Before Breaking New Ground, there was very little information about the contribution geodiversity makes to the heritage of the Brecks. Norfolk Geodiversity Partnership have delivered four projects to boost awareness of this issue, with this project introducing people to the wealth of geological features to be found in the Brecks’ churches and churchyards. Read more »
The East of England is one of the driest parts of Britain, and home to a range of unique birds, plants and animals. Read more »
The geodiversity of the Brecks is easily overlooked. The area has subtle contours, its slow rivers occupy shallow valleys, its rocks and soils are variations of chalk and sand. Attention is often diverted away from the wide array of geological features by the extraordinary wildlife and cultural history of the area. Underpinning the character of any landscape though is it’s distinctive but usually poorly understood Earth heritage. The guardians of this heritage and their advisors are the people whose daily business shapes the Brecks landscape. Read more »
Brecks from Above was devised to provide baseline archaeological data for a proportion of the LPS and promote a greater understanding of and engagement with aerial photography. The Brecks is known to have high potential for recording earthwork sites, in a region of the country where such remains are rare. In addition, the forestry plantations and heathland vegetation which dominate the Breckland landscape, while preserving such remains, often also hide them, making them difficult to identify, or to record or locate accurately. Furthermore, ground disturbance caused by forestry operations and heathland restoration can threaten heritage features, especially when such features are undiscovered, or poorly located. Finally, the project sought to exploit the potential of locally accessible aerial photographic sources to record the historic environment, and to take advantage of the results of the BNG project C6: Revealing the Landscape (Lidar). Read more »
In recent years, Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) has become an essential tool for assessing heritage at a landscape scale. The data created provides a point cloud view of the landscape and allows for the forest canopy to be digitally removed, revealing previously unrecorded features. Thetford Forest was considered to have had a relatively benign effect of the features imposed of the landscape by previous land uses, and this was indeed the case as the raw data was refined. In partnership with Norfolk Historic environment Service and the Brecks from Above project, the data was corroborated with aerial photographs to add 187 new records to the Norfolk and Suffolk Historic Environment Records. Read more »
School grounds are valuable, but often under-used resources. Research has shown that many children have little contact with nature, even in rural areas. There is also widespread recognition of the importance of outdoor learning and contact with nature to the mental and physical well-being of young people. The school grounds offer one of the best opportunities to address this ‘nature deficit disorder’ in a safe, accessible setting. Read more »
Norfolk and Suffolk Wildlife Trusts worked together to run this project for primary schools in the Brecks. Every child in each of the 10 primary schools in the project was involved, learning about the natural environment, biodiversity and heritage, starting with assemblies which reached over 2000 pupils. Each school made a field trip to either Grimes Graves, Knettishall Heath or Lackford Lakes. Read more »
The aim of this project was to work with individuals, schools and groups within the vicinity of Barnham Cross Common in Thetford to engage them with the onsite conservation management work being conducted by Plantlife. Suffolk Wildlife Trust delivered the project to provide local people with a range of knowledge and skills in conservation identification and management. Read more »
12 landscape and heritage work placements are being delivered in the Brecks to give opportunities to young people or those looking for a career change. Working with BNG partners, placements will gain essential experience towards their intended career in nature or heritage conservation. Read more »