The Wayland Partnership Growing Together Project came to a close at the end of July after a truly amazing 12 month run. Thank’s must go to the Peoples Post Code Lottery for funding, and the Wayland Partnership for the vision of an environmental initiative for the area. Almost 600 people have been involved across community projects and the highly successful Acorn Fair held in January.

July 18th saw Trevor Bunce and myself attending the prestigious Norfolk Biodiversity Awards which each year acknowledges and celebrates voluntary efforts to improve wildlife, and encourage greater community engagement with conservation. The Saham Toney Wells Cole Community Project received a Highly Commended award and was runner up to Sprowston Town Council.

This well-deserved award for the people of Saham was the ‘icing on the cake’ for the Growing Together Project which has re-invigorated and breathed new life into many existing ‘Millennium’ Projects in our Wayland Villages. Carbrooke Millenium Green has been involved with wildlife surveys being carried out around the site including the pond. Site management and tree work plans have been created and various tools purchased. It is hoped, if a funding application is successful that Norfolk Wildlife will be able to do a complete and comprehensive survey in 2018 with a view to listing the site as ‘a County Wildlife Site’.

We have also worked in partnership with Norfolk Wildlife Trust on their County Wildlife Action Plan, churchyard wildflower surveys (which Carbrooke Church is included), and created from scratch a wildlife area for the community of Saham Toney.

Much has been achieved for wildlife and conservation in Watton and the Wayland district during this project. There has been no shortage of commitment, enthusiasm, and fun for all involved with communities and our treasured wildlife all coming out winners.

Sustainability and continuity are now the watch words for all our projects as I step aside as Outreach Worker. My key objective was to ‘set a few seed’s and hope that giant Oaks from little acorns might grow and flourish, indeed they have.

Pamela Morgan, Outreach Worker, Wayland Partnership

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