6 Jun 14

Suffolk country life has urban appeal

Inner-city children are enjoying a taste of Suffolk life thanks to Sizewell B and the Suffolk Punch Trust.

In total a dozen schools from East London will enjoy a guided experience of rural life at the heritage farm and museum run by The Suffolk Punch Trust in Hollesley.

Sizewell B’s Amenity and Accessibility Fund which was developed to improve access and use of the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB awarded £1,700 to the Suffolk Punch Trust towards the cost of the school visits.

The majority of children taking part in the visits do not have easy access to the countryside and will enjoy a hands-on experience of what farming with heavy horses and life in a rural community was like before WW2.

A class from Harry Gosling Primary School in Tower Hamlets came to visit The Suffolk Punch Trust today (Friday). Head teacher Jennie Bird said: “The centre provides our children with learning opportunities we simply can't replicate at home. It provides our pupils with a glimpse of a different time and place. One of the aims of our school is to ensure that we broaden our pupils' horizons by enabling all children to learn in fun and exciting ways. How else can a child truly understand the power, grace and skill of such creatures if not at first hand?”

Jim Crawford from Sizewell B said: “The Suffolk Punch is an iconic symbol of the county and we are delighted that through the Amenity and Accessibility Fund, in partnership with Suffolk Punch Trust, we have been able to help give children from inner city schools a taste of country life.”

Over £22,000 has been awarded to projects this year in the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) as part of a fund established by EDF Energy’s Sizewell B power station.

The Amenity and Accessibility Fund was established by Sizewell B in connection with the Dry Fuel Store project underway at the site.

The AAF is being managed by EDF Energy, Suffolk Coastal District Council and Suffolk County Council in consultation with Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB who administer the fund. It was developed because the Dry Fuel Store may delay the return of part of the Sizewell B site to other uses. The site would otherwise have been expected to be restored in keeping with the surrounding AONB designated landscape.

Anyone can apply for funding as long as they can demonstrate their project has a direct link to improving the accessibility of the AONB or conserving or enhancing the local amenity. For further information visit including a map of the AAF eligible area please visit www.suffolkcoastandheaths.org

There is an annual application process for the Amenity and Accessibility Fund - the next deadline will be March 2015. Application forms and guidelines for the next awards are available on the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB website: www.suffolkcoastandheaths.org/grants-and-funding/amenity-and-accessibility-fund.