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King's Lynn Town Hall is venue for free nature focused and networking workshops for businesses

Free workshops are being held in Lynn as part of an EU-funded project aimed at unlocking the potential for prosperity in North Norfolk and protecting the environment.

Under the motto Protect and Prosper, they have been organised by Norfolk County Council as part of Prowad Link, a project working with the Wadden Sea UNESCO World Heritage site in Germany.

The project aims to create jobs and sustainable regional development, and engage small and medium-sized enterprises in nature conservation.

High tide at Brancaster Staithe on the North Norfolk coast
High tide at Brancaster Staithe on the North Norfolk coast

The three workshops, to be held in Lynn Town Hall, have different themes with the first on Tuesday, January 28, being Dark Skies.

This will investigate ideas to celebrate darkness, ranging from festivals to stargazing, bat-watching to dark dining and look at ways in which the Wash area and North Norfolk can attract out-of-season visitors.

On Tuesday, February 4, the theme is Nature Experiences, and it will be looking at the trend for nature-based tourism, which covers activities such as birdwatching, mud-flat hiking and conservation volunteering.

King's Lynn's South Quay waterfront. (26153852)
King's Lynn's South Quay waterfront. (26153852)

Finally, on Monday, February 10, the subject is Food, Gastronomy and Drink. It will address the question of how the sense of place matters to what food and drinks are served.

Trends around sustainable local produce and how the locality can create a unique selling point will be investigated. Businesses from across the food and drink supply chain are encouraged to attend and collaborate.

A professional, experienced business facilitator will attend all workshops to encourage creative discussion and businesses to work together.

They will also offer networking opportunities with like-minded SMEs and provide information about resources.

An analysis of a recent AONB business survey, including local trends and feedback, will be available to take away.

Two further workshops will be available for those who want to develop their ideas and engage with other businesses.

Information provided by UNESCO World Heritage site project partners will also be on hand as well as access to specialists on the local natural landscape.

Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided by Visit West Norfolk.

For more details and to book a place visit www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/protect-and-prosper-workshops-the-wash-and-north-norfolk-tickets

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