New boardwalk unveiled at Suffolk nature reserve
A new boardwalk for visitors and the local community to use has been unveiled at a nature reserve near Lowestoft.
The Carlton Marshes boardwalk, which is part of the renowned Broads National Park, provides a pathway for visitors to enjoy the marshes without damaging the natural habitat surrounding it.
The fully-accessible pathway was unveiled on Wednesday, July 28, by Suffolk Secrets, part of the Original Cottages family, and charity partner, Suffolk Wildlife Trust.
Suffolk Secrets is operated by locals, who live and breath their communities. They have recently committed two years of funding to help support the county's wildlife trust to ensure that wildlife and nature reserves are protected.
Donations from the Original Cottages family will also support additional initiatives, including the production of the ‘What’s On’ guide and bat detectors.
The bat detectors will convert ultrasound signals emitted by bats, to audible frequencies and further support the Trust’s vital work to conserve Suffolk’s bat population.
Michael Strand, community fundraising manager for Suffolk Wildlife Trust, said: "We are so excited to be partnering with Suffolk Secrets, part of the Original Cottages family.
"We have completed the process of building a brand-new visitor centre at Carlton Marshes with fully accessible paths, so we’re looking forward to welcoming many more people to this outstanding Southern Broads reserve.
"We’ve also been converting former arable fields to create a stunning new 1,000-acre wetland to support the county’s precious wildlife and it is already transforming into a stand-out nature reserve. Some of the funds from the Suffolk Secrets partnership has helped turn our vision into reality.”
Florence Smith, Original Cottages brand manager for Suffolk, added: "We are a proud supporter of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust and the fantastic work they do in helping the wildlife and national parks in our community to thrive.
"We were delighted to be part of the official opening of the Carlton Marshes boardwalk, and hope all visitors enjoy escaping into the beautiful nature of Suffolk.”