Published: Friday, 29th May 2020
Tourist attractions in Broadland affected by the impact of Covid-19 are among businesses and organisations to receive Government grants to help them through the crisis.
Broadland District Council has so far distributed more than £23million overall to more than two thousand businesses and organisations eligible for the funding.
Among those to benefit are Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, an attraction that has half of its visitors in April, May and June. The business has been hard hit by the lockdown measures having to close its garden and tea rooms. The attraction has also had to furlough most of its staff.
However, it has been able to keep open its shop and expand the number of food items available to help the local community. It is also running a food delivery service including ready to heat meals prepared on site including those for people with health conditions and allergies. The attraction received a £25,000 grant from the Council.
Broadland District Council Cabinet member, Lana Hempsall said:
“The tourism sector plays an important role in our local economy and we will help businesses wherever we can. It’s not just about the money spent by tourists at the attraction itself but by bringing people into the area it benefits the wider community in terms of accommodation, food and drink and local shops.”
A Council report on tourism in Broadland in 2018 showed the total tourism value to the district was worth more than £177 million.
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden manager, Louise Rout said the funding is helping them maintain the gardens while they are closed and be able to provide a service to the local community through the shop.
Ms Rout said:
“Honestly I could have wept when I learned I was eligible for the grant. It was such a relief. The support from Broadland District Council’s Business Support Team has been amazing. They were there on the phone when I needed them, they were approachable and helpful all the way. They came to see us about the ready to heat meals scheme and gave us advice and I felt supported all the way.
“If I hadn’t had the money from the Council that would have been it for us. We’ve also had phenomenal support from local people. It really has been amazing.”
Businesses and other organisation can still apply for grant funding by contacting Broadland District Council by telephoning 01603 430449 or via email [email protected]