Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Winnie the Pooh chooses Broads among favourite simple pleasures!

The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads features in a special Winnie-the-Pooh book by Visit England after it was chosen as a favourite 'Simple Pleasure' by families.

Visit England asked 2,000 parents to share and celebrate their favourite traditional activities, attractions and days out and boating on the Broads came in at ninth.

An online book featuring the top 25 has now been written to help families organise their adventures around the country.

It forms part of a story around the 25 places explored by Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh and their friends Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo and describes unspoilt villages and the 'mystical waterways' as haven for rare wildlife.

You can read the whole book and find out more here.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Quay assistant involved in river rescue

Dave and holidaymaker Tony Hird who both assisted in the rescue
A Broads Authority quay assistant hit the front page after being involved in a dramatic rescue after fears that a man was going to drown in the river Wensum.

Dave Paddick saw the drama unfold on Thursday opposite Norwich Yacht Station where he works.

He said: “I was talking to somebody up near the bridge and heard something going on in the water.

“I saw a chap on the far side just hauling the gentleman to the side. I ran round and grabbed a lifebuoy on the way.”

Brave passer-by Matthew McKellar jumped into the river to rescue the man after seeing him fall into the water shortly after 6pm while walking along the riverside in his way to a meal out with his fiancee. Meanwhile Tony Hird was on a boat holiday with his family and was able to pull his cruiser alongside the two men in the water.

After the boat picked up the men Dave fetched some blankets to keep them warm, while they waited for the ambulance service to arrive.

He said: “I think he (Mr McKellar) was just walking past and jumped in and grabbed the guy and hauled him to the safety chains.

“I was urging them to get to the safety ladder, until the boat came over.”

The Eastern Daily Press story is here

Monday, 4 August 2014

Exciting collaboration gets people up close and personal with the Broads

Google captured our streets and now a Norwich man is bringing web users up close and personal with duck eye views from more than 100 miles of Broads waterways.

Broadsview is an exciting collaboration between engineer Joe Rutland and the Broads Authority to bring detailed panoramas direct from the waterways into people’s homes, in the same vein as Google’s Streetview

It aims to provide virtual online experience of all 120 miles of navigable waterways within the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads , with the goal of increasing the number of people using this magical waterland.

The project, which is funded by the Broads Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund (SDF), will capture the required imagery by pedal power alone. The images are captured using a bespoke panoramic camera, mounted above a pedal drive in the middle of boat.

Joe, along with numerous volunteers, has so far brought 60 miles of the Broads to Broadsview. The project continues to expand week by week

Joe said: “This project will give potential visitors the power to explore and plan their journey before they even leave their house and aims to increase use of the Broads as a source of enjoyment and exercise.

“We are well underway with it, having completed half of all the navigable waterways and are very grateful to the Broads Authority for the SDF funding and practical support. It has been a really enjoyable experience.”

Adrian Clarke, Senior Waterways and Recreation Officer for the Broads Authority, said: “Joe has done a really amazing job of promoting the Broads in this way and helping people appreciate its unique and beautiful qualities. We’re proud to support his work and can’t wait to see the finished project, it will be really useful to anyone interested in this part of the National Park family.”

Check out progress at A 360 degree timelapse video showing a Broadsview image capture trip between Wroxham and Malthouse Broad is available to watch at