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Guided walk around Salters Sanctuary

Hidden Heritage of the Gaywood River

Published: Friday, 13th July 2018

The latest event held as part of the Hidden Heritage of the Gaywood River project will be a guided walk on Friday 27 July 2018.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust Project Officer Mark Webster will lead a walk around this beautiful natural area adjoining the Gaywood River near Lynnsport, looking at the wide range of wildlife habitats to be found there.

This area of woodland, wetland and meadowland was redeveloped as a public wildlife area as part of the project. It was named Salters Sanctuary by a local resident who won a competition to name the area.

Salters Sanctuary is managed by the borough council and volunteers from the Gaywood Valley Conservation Group, with advice from Norfolk Wildlife Trust. The hard work of the volunteers has transformed the area, including the creation of a circular path, wildflower meadows and sunny glades in the hawthorn woods.

The guided walk is free to attend, and there is no need to book. Anyone who would like to come along should meet at 10:30am at King’s Lynn 12th Scout Group, 29 Beulah Street, King’s Lynn, PE30 4DN.

Project background

Hidden Heritage of the Gaywood River is a £210,000 project to enhance a former landfill site at Lynnsport, made possible by a National Lottery grant of nearly £94,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The aim of the project is to create a new disabled-access footpath through the site, and to turn the site into wooded parkland with a wildflower meadow. Planting will increase the biodiversity of the area. The Norfolk Rivers Trust are also planning work to the river to include the installation of a pond-dipping platform. Interpretation panels and benches will also be installed. A series of events and activities will also help local residents explore the history and significance of the river.

While £94,000 is being provided by the HLF, thanks to money raised by National Lottery Players, the remaining project costs will be met by funding from the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Norfolk Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency.


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