It was with a heavy heart that I headed out to the Green Britain Centre in Swaffham last week for an event to both celebrate the achievements and mark the dissolution of the Brecks Tourism Partnership.
I have had the pleasure of working for the Brecks Partnership photographing a variety of tourist attractions in this often over looked area of natural beauty. Earlier in the year many of these photos featured on a special train designed especially to promote the area.
Sadly however, the Brecks Partnership is to be dissolved following the withdrawal of several of its core funding streams. This comes despite successful projects, including the raising of £3.3m for rural development projects, instigating a biodiversity survey established the Brecks as one of the country’s nature hotspots, and helping to bring in £213m in tourism revenue.
These and more of the initiative’s achievements were celebrated over the course of the evening in a variety of presentations including one by Partnership Manager Neil Featherstone. At the end of the evening Neil and his assistant Michelle were presented with prints by local artist Kerry Buck by Strattons Hotel owner Vanessa Scott who has been a keen supporter of the partnership for many years.
I’ve been told that the Brecks website will remain live until early next year so if you haven’t explored this unique area of Norfolk and Suffolk why not head across to the site to see what you’re missing! There are Castles, historical houses, wild and beautiful landscapes and lots of opportunities for eating and drinking – see www.brecks.org