The Discover Suffolk Project started in 2006 as a partnership led by Suffolk County Council. The project, initially for 2 years, was funded by grants from the European Regional Development Fund (Objective 2 Programme), East of England Development Agency (Investing in Communities Suffolk), Suffolk Development Agency and Suffolk County Council (Corporate Regeneration Fund). Support was also received from The Brecks Partnership, The Broads Authority, Forest Heath District Council, Mid-Suffolk District Council, Norfolk County Council, South Norfolk Council, Waveney District Council and Upper Waveney Valley Partnership.
The project's objective was to improve and develop access to the countryside, to recreational events and to tourism destinations throughout rural Suffolk. Individual projects included funding community bus services, improving access into the countryside by developing the rights of way network, installing cycle racks and adding new interpretation signs. The project also raised awareness of the countryside by developing new circular walk leaflets, publishing a guide to the Angles Way and meeting communities and the general public at shows and events.
One of the main activities of the project was the development of the Discover Suffolk website. In 2008, as project funding changed, so the focus of the website changed to promote cycling and outdoor activities as well as walking. The website was redesigned and updated and the objective of the site is to now illustrate days out in Suffolk with ideas on visiting the countryside combined with a trip to a place of interest and finding somewhere to eat. For those wanting a night away, helpful advice is also given on where to stay.
We would like to thank all those organisations that have, and continue to contribute to the success of Discover Suffolk. If you would like to discuss the Discover Suffolk project, or have any comments on the website, then please contact us at DiscoverSuffolk@suffolk.gov.uk
Malcolm Farrow - www.malcolmfarrowphotography.com
Malcolm lives on the edge of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Many of his pictures are taken locally and he specialises in photographing the region's striking coastal scenery and fascinating wildlife
Lloyd French - www.coppersky.co.uk
Lloyd comes from a family of Gamekeepers and lives on the heritage coast in Suffolk. He grew up surrounded by wildlife, leading to a deep understanding of nature, and helping develop his skills in photography.
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