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By the end of 2022 we will have carried out restoration work to 12 of the iconic Broads drainage mills.

Restoration work to drainage mills needs a lot of different skills – everything from carpentry, joinery, brick work, to painting and decorating.


We are working with City College Norwich to add heritage skills training modules as stretching tasks for students engaged in modern construction courses and then getting them out on site working on our drainage mills.


For students, there will be classroom and workshop based activities to learn the basics and then it’s out to the marshes for full on work experience, working as a team to restore a drainage mill.

Work experience activities on site will be specific to the students chosen construction course and they  will be supported on site by tutors and our own Clerk of Works.

We will be carrying out everything from brickwork repairs and repointing to fabricating new windows and doors, installing floors to full scale mill cap restoration.


Progress reports:

North Mill, Reedham

North Mill is one of a significant group of drainage mills in the Broads area and a prominent feature in the landscape. Located in the centre of Halvergate marshes on Reedham marsh immediately North of the River Yare. It forms part of a small group at seven-mile house including diesel and steam driven pumps, three wind powered drainage mills (North Mill, Polkeys, Cadges) and a farmhouse.

Working with our heritage skills training students from City College Norwich, we have repaired large openingings in the tower, recreated drive shaft apertures, repaired top of tower and installed new window and door frames after repairing apertures.

Read the full North Mill project report here