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New grant - new man!

We're excitied to announce that the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation have awarded the LOHP a £60,000 grant over two years to employ a conservation manager. Rob Martyr has been appointed as our first ever member of staff and started work for us on the 19th of June. Rob will oversee day to day running of the project, which now manages 71 hectares of land for conservation and public access. His appointment will allow our trustees to spend more time developing the project and encouraging local involvement. The new grant will also enable us to continue to publish our newsletter - News from the Ouse - three times a year and distribute it to all households in the local parishes. We are very grateful to the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for their generous support for this milestone in the LOHP's development. For more information, read our our press release about the new grant and appointment.

Release date: Monday, June 19, 2017

Charity of the Year award

We're delighted to have been named Charity of the Year by East Anglian business rescue and insolvency firm McTear Williams & Wood Limited. The award comes with a generous and very welcome contribution to our work of £2,160 raised at their annual charity bowls tournament in Diss!  Our grateful thanks to all who took part.

Release date: Monday, May 15, 2017

New land, new HLF grant!

We're delighted to announce the purchase of 2 hectares of land in Thelnetham with the help of a Heritage Lottery Fund Our Heritage grant. The purchase completes the jigsaw of fragments of the former Thelnetham valley fen which is internationally important for its wildlife; much of the area is designated as an SSSI and is part of the Waveney and Little Ouse Valley Fens SAC. Since 2008, the LOHP's acquisition of Parkers Piece, Bleyswycks Bank, Webbs Fen, New Fen, and now the new site, has provided huge potential for restoring the former fen's habitats while helping to protect the two richest remaining remaining fragments - Suffolk Wildlife Trust's Thelnetham Middle Fen and Thelnetham Old Fen nature reserves - and enhancing public access and enjoyment of the area. The Heritage Lottery Fund grant is the LOHP's fourth, and we are immensely grateful for their support.

Release date: Thursday, January 21, 2016

We've bought a new meadow!

We're delighted to annouce the addition of 4.5 acres of wet meadow to the 166 acres land we already manage in the Little Ouse Headwaters. The meadow, in Hinderclay, is a stone's throw south of Hinderclay Fen. We're looking forward to monitoring the wildlife in its old hedges and to increasing the richness of its wildlflowers. Access arrangements will be announced once new fences are in place to allow grazing.

Release date: Thursday, November 26, 2015

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