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Biggest creation in Broads for a decade to be created with major new wetland

  • Click below to watch a video report by ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray

A new one thousand acre wetland is being created on the edge of Lowestoft thanks to the National Lottery stumping up half of the £8 million needed for the scheme.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust , which has almost funded the rest, says Carlton Marshes will become the gateway to the Broads National Park.

Carlton Marshes Credit: ITV News Anglia

The four million pound grant is one of the largest ever given to a wildlife trust.

It means 348 acres of farm land surrounding Carlton Marshes nature reserve can be bought up to create a new one thousand acre wetland, the biggest creation in the Broads for a decade.

"What this funding means is that we can really turn this reserve from a good nature reserve into a brilliant nature reserve with really good access for people, really good opportunities for wildlife, and replicate what is behind me really and turn this place into one of the wetlands to visit in East Anglia.. if not the UK."

– Matt Gooch, Broads Site Manager
An image of the new visitors centre Credit: Suffolk Wildlife Trust

A state of the art visitor centre will open in 2022 and there will be new walkways and boardwalks.

What the new visitors centre will look like Credit: ITV News Anglia

"This will be one of the best buildings that the trust has ever built. It'll be environmentally friendly. It'll have the most stunning views across the Waveney Valley. This will be a year round attraction for birdwatchers and people who just want to get out in the countryside and enjoy this part of the county."

– Steve Aylward, Head of Property, Suffolk Wildlife Trust