A warm, friendly Heather welcome

We are delighted to share Heather, an historic boat, artistic refuge and home for over a century, laying on the ancient Broads Waterways of Norfolk.

It is our aim to preserve the distinctive character of Heather, enabling future generations to enjoy her charms. We welcome you to explore the houseboat and bountiful riverside beyond...

Andrew, Timothy and Christopher

17 July 2014

Shoring up Broadland

One of the most over looked native Broadland industries is river quay heading construction and dredging. Chris Prior and David C Frost are one of a number of independent River Contractors who work year round to protect, repair or shore up river banks. They also dredge sediment from the river bed, construct boardwalks and landscape grounds.

Usually tanalised timber from the Baltic region, or alternatively, steel piling is used in the construction process. Wooden boardwalks and other features can be added alongside the quays.

Chris Prior has been working on the river for 25 years. Chris and David are both very knowledgeable countrymen, having a wealth of practical experience of farming. They have a special kind of Norfolk sophistication. It is time served and deep rooted, however far from being characters from a backwater, as many perceive Norfolk; they have a very canny weather eye on the present, past and the future.


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King's Head Staithe, Hoveton, pictured from Wroxham public Parish Staithe