Touching the Tide
A Suffolk Heritage Coast Landscape Partnership - living with cultural and natural change on Suffolk's Coast.
Touching the Tide is a £900k three year Heritage Lottery Funded Landscape Partnership Scheme along the Suffolk coast between Covehithe and Felixstowe, hosted by the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB. The landscape area covered by this project is essentially the Suffolk Heritage Coast, which lies within the AONB. It's a very dynamic environment which is constantly changing and evolving, primarily influenced by the sea, and by the soft, recently deposited, overlying geology. The project period is spring 2013-spring 2016.
Touching the Tide is new money. It’s an investment in skills, business, and the environment. We’ll help to conserve some of the things that make this coast so special – the Martello Towers, the shingle, the sense of wildness - that people value so much. We’ll share some stories about this area and its people, work with some great arts projects, participate in some fascinating archaeological digs, and have a lot of fun! But most importantly at the end of the project we aim to have made a real difference to peoples’ understanding of this ever-changing coast, so they can help to shape its future.
Touching the Tide aims to inspire people about the special qualities of the Suffolk coast and to prepare people for coastal change. It will help Suffolk coastal communities interpret the past, be inspired to record the present, and to imagine and conserve the future.
Stage one – writing the detailed programme– was completed in November 2012.
The Lottery approved these proposals in March 2013. You can download the Landscape Conservation Action Plan (6MB file) for full details of Touching the Tide.
What’s happening now?
Stage 2 - Scheme delivery started on 1st April 2013. Follow us on twitter @TouchingTheTide
You can download the Landscape Character Assessment Final Report (4MB file) which records the variety of special and distinctive landscapes within the area.
Touching the Tide Community Grant Scheme
Do you have project ideas to help celebrate and conserve the heritage of the project area?
Between £500 and £5000 can be awarded to local organisations, groups, or individuals who have their own project ideas for a physical item of work (creating, restoring or replacing something), collecting information and making it accessible, or simply one or more events with no specific physical legacy. This is not a comprehensive list so potential applicants are encouraged to talk to the project team. The total amount available is of course limited (about £12,000 a year) – please download the guidelines for information.
The autumn round of commnity grants has now closed but watch this space for more opportunities in March 2014!
Total Project Budget:
£900,000 (plus about £100,000 spent during 2012/13 on project development and supporting studies).
Total HLF Funding for Touching the Tide:
£896,800 (£86,500 for Development stage, £810,300 for project delivery)
Total match funding generated by the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB and partner organisations:
£68,000 cash plus £18500 worth of volunteer time and partner staff time
Project Partnership Board Members:
Cllr David Wood (Chair) - Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB
Graham Henderson (Vice Chair) - Suffolk Coast Against Retreat (SCAR)
Cllr Andrew Reid - Suffolk County Council
Cllr Sue Allen - Suffolk Coastal DC/Waveney DC
John Etté - English Heritage
Jonathan Dix - Natural England
Ben McFarland – RSPB
Martin Atkinson – National Trust
Jen Hall – Orford Museum, local artist
Lizzie Ferretti – Local writer
Jane Marson – Local landowner
Neil Winship – Suffolk Association of Local Councils (SALC)
Sunila Osborne - Suffolk Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE)
Judy Powell - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
For more information email Bill Jenman, Touching the Tide Project Manager, or phone 01394 384948.