Breaking New Ground

The Breaking New Ground Landscape Partnership Scheme is half way through and has achieved some exciting things already. We’ve trained over 250 people in heritage building skills, re-introduced a species of frog that went extinct in the UK 25 years ago, scanned Thetford forest with ground breaking LiDAR technology, held the Big Brecks Fest, planted some new pine lines and got many people out into the landscape who hadn’t appreciated it before.

Over the next year and half remaining, our host of projects will continue to take place in the area – this is your chance to enjoy and explore all The Brecks has to offer; to learn new skills from local experts; to get to know The Brecks landscape and to help safeguard its future. From family fun events to research projects, there really is something for everyone!


What’s On

In the table on the next page is our current events and activity programme.  New ones will be added as the year progresses.  There are also lots of volunteering opportunities, and a grant scheme to fund new projects. To find out more, book any of the activities/events or be added to our mailing list please:

  • visit the Breaking New Ground website
  • phone us on 01842 815465
  • email us at  [email protected]
  • write to us at Breaking New Ground, c/o Visitor Centre at Brandon Country Park, Bury Road, Brandon. IP27 0SU


Breaking New Ground is a Heritage Lottery Funded Landscape Partnership Project, focusing on the heart of the Norfolk and Suffolk Brecks.  Over the course of three years (2014 to 2017) the scheme will deliver over 37 landscape and heritage based projects, including a grant scheme for new ideas.  The aim is to engage with local communities to tell the story of the Brecks and celebrate its unique landscape character, wildlife and history.  The scheme is based at Brandon Country Park and is hosted by Suffolk County Council.  Our numerous partners include Local Authorities; statutory agencies; conservation, heritage and community organisations; local attractions; and committed individuals.


Breaking New Ground Events and Activities Programme

Name/Date Details
Brecks Building Skills

5 Dec

9 Jan
12 Mar
9 Apr

  • Do you own, work with or just love heritage buildings?

From lime mortars to timber frames, learn how to look after heritage buildings through presentations, demonstrations and hands-on activities.  Book online:

  • £5 registration fee
  • Location: West Stow Country Park
Flint Rocks Exhibition

21 Nov 2015

29  Oct

  • A brilliant new exhibition charting the history of flint in the Brecks, showcasing some incredible pieces including a flint alphabet!
  • Free
  • Location: Ancient House Museum, Thetford
Birds in the Brecks

5 Dec 2015

  • A full day workshop packed with advice on how to record birds and other creatures in the Brecks.
  • FREE (booking required)
  • Location: BTO, Thetford
Invertebrate Sorting Marathon

9  & 10  Jan

  • Invertebrate sorting weekend
  • Sorting taxa into groups against the clock!
  • Location: FC Classroom, Santon Downham
Breaking New Ground Exhibition

12 – 30 Jan 2016

An exhibition celebrating our Brecks inspired art projectsIncluding works from: The Iceni Botanical Artists’ Brecks Watercolour workshops. Sandlines: A series of creative writing workshops. Brecks Landscape Patterns: A series of multimedia art workshops inspired by patterns in the Brecks Landscapes.

  • FREE
  • Location: The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Breaking New Ground

Keep an eye on the events page on our website for up to date events and activities!


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