Five organisations that care for the heritage, wildlife and natural environment on the Landguard Peninsula in Felixstowe, with East Suffolk Council acting as lead partner, have received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £43,200 for an exciting project in Felixstowe made possible from money raised by National Lottery players. The project which focuses on how the nationally important heritage and natural environment at Landguard can be best managed into the future will commence in June.
Landguard has developed into an extremely popular destination for local people and visitors alike over the past 30 years. During that time there have been many changes and the organisations involved now need to review what they have achieved so far and seek the best way forward to meet the challenges of the future.
Supported through the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project will provide training opportunities to ensure trustees and key volunteers are aware of the most up to date best practice so they can confidently develop a shared vision and strategic plan. To inform outcomes workshops, consultations and learning opportunities through visits to similar charity organisations will take place, as well as professional led business and visitor assessments.
Landguard is a special place, a peninsula to the south of Felixstowe lying between the North Sea and the Orwell Estuary. King Henry VIII commanded the first fortifications to be built at Landguard to defend Harwich. Defences have come and gone, changed and developed to counter ever evolving threats from abroad. Today the present Grade 1 listed 18thC Fort is bordered on one side by a vegetated shingle spit designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and on the other by the busiest container Port in the UK. Housed in the Ravelin block is the Felixstowe Museum, whilst the Landguard Bird Observatory is situated atop one of the Fort’s prominent outer gun batteries. This juxtaposition of giant ships and cranes, wildlife and history merge here into one unique but ever changing landscape at the southern most tip of Suffolk.
Commenting on the award, Landguard Project Officer Paul Grant said: “We want to build on the amazing work that’s been done by our dedicated volunteer groups and there are exciting plans and ideas for Landguard’s future. First however we need to make sure we have the right structure and resources in place to make the most of new opportunities. So it’s great that the National Lottery Heritage Fund is supporting us with a grant from its Resilient Heritage Fund towards shaping our future.”
Picture: Mark Barham, Drone East