I’m an experienced Countryside Specialist / Project Manager responsible for managing, developing and enhancing many of Norwich’s Urban Fringe Countryside sites by successfully improving the ecological and community value of these natural areas over a period of 15 years.
Paula Hughes (Project Assistance)
I have been working part-time at the Norwich Fringe Project for the past 12 years, my main role is working with our team of volunteers looking after a diverse range of countryside sites. Having worked as a nurse both in this country and abroad for most of my working life I decided to change career some 15 years ago. Working t the Norwich Fringe Project I haven’t looked back, especially as they provide me enough black coffee to sink a battle ship!!
Norwich Fringe Project’s Volunteers
Our merry band of volunteers are the backbone to the work of the Norwich Fringe Project; made up of work student placements, retired people and those having a career break they enable the Project to manage a wide range of sites. These include woodlands, meadows, marshes and ponds, no job is too big for this team. Supplied with mugs of tea, coffee and even Bovril, this team will turn their hand to fencing work, path repair, woodland management work and much more.
Broadlands Woodlands and Amenity Partnership
In 2015 the Norwich Fringe Project, as part of a partnership project with the Broadland District Council, took on the management of their woodlands and amenity trees. As part of this partnership, two members of staff from the Council have been assigned to work directly with the Fringe Project.
Annie Sommazzi (Countryside Officer)
I started working for the Fringe Project in April 2016 and my work primarily involves looking after 30 different woodland sites. My day to day duties range from working with volunteers, speaking to the public, to managing contractors. Before moving to the Fringe Project, I was based at Broadland District Council where I was a tree officer, handling tree preservation orders and related planning applications. I have an academic interest in Landscape History and have been involved in various research projects relating to Ancient Woodlands with the University of East Anglia since I graduated in 2010.
Tracy Ball (Countryside Officer)
I have been working for Broadland Council since 1999 and my role is managing Broadland Councils Amenity Trees, of which there are around 1500. The work is very diverse working with local tree surgeons and members of the public to manage a range of trees around Broadland, which provide an important amenity function within housing estates, roads and even roundabouts!