Managing our natural heritage & green spaces
Welcome to our website, we hope you will enjoy finding out more about the Norwich Fringe Project especially what we do and where we work. One of the key roles is Volunteering. This provides an opportunity to find out more about the countryside, learn new skills, meet new people and help us to enhance and protect the countryside for biodiversity and the improvement of public access.
Our ethos is to work with local people and volunteers to manage a wide range of sites and habitats for wildlife, conservation, recreation and for everyone to enjoy, within and around the Greater Norwich area.
What we do
Established in 1991 the Norwich Fringe Project is a local authority funded countryside management partnership, working with volunteers and local communities to look after the countryside around Norwich. We provide a full Countryside Management Service, looking after a range of habitats and sites including woodlands, meadows, marshes, heathlands and ponds.
Our work is very diverse and ranges from: providing advice on the management of sites and habitats, producing management plans and work plans, managing contractors and carrying out practical countryside management work ourselves – supported by our dedicated team of volunteers.
We provide opportunities for regular volunteering that includes training and learning through countryside management related activities. We also offer business volunteer work days, allowing organisations to give something back to their local community.
Our blog page, written by one of our regular volunteers will give you more of a flavour of what we do and the important role volunteers play. Visit the Volunteer page to find out more about the role of our volunteers and how you can get actively involved.
Where we work
We work on Local Authority and Parish Council owned sites around Norwich, Broadland and South Norfolk. In 2015, working in partnership with the Broadland District Council, we took on the management of their portfolio of woodlands, tree belts, a 5-mile stretch of the Marriott’s Way (from Drayton to Attlebridge) and the Bure Valley Railway Trail (from Aylsham to Wroxham).
We also continue to work with Norwich City Council directly managing many of their Natural Areas, including Marston Marshes and Charter Wood. The Project also works closely with South Norfolk Council assisting with the management of a number of their sites which includes Dunston Common, Swardeston Common and East Hills Wood.
Our Funding Partners
The Project is financially supported by our funding partners, who are Norwich City Council, Broadland and South Norfolk District Council. We also work with a range of organisations including, parish councils, community groups, voluntary and private sector businesses and other local and government authorities.