Friday, 19 January 2018 00:00

Fairhaven Gardening Team Embarks on Annual Leaf Collection and Recycling Project

Written by  Paul Dickson
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Fairhaven Gardener Lydia Sutton and Easton College student Lewis Goldspink  Fairhaven Gardener Lydia Sutton and Easton College student Lewis Goldspink

Fairhaven Woodland Water Garden's gardeners and volunteers have embarked on their major winter leaf collection and dyke clearance project.

The gardening team collects all the autumn's fallen leaves, which are then deposited in retaining bays where they gradually rot and are recycled into nature's fertiliser – leaf soil. The leaf soil is put to work in the garden and is also sold in the plant sales area.

Ian Guest, Head Gardener, Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden explained: “The leaf collection is an important annual job. Fairhaven has always been managed organically and the resulting leaf soil provides a rich fertiliser for the garden.”

“We also clear debris from our main dykes, using traditional Broads cromes. This in turn is used to fertilise our wonderful candelabra primula collection. The winter spring clean takes until the end of February. The support of our volunteers, including our Women in Wellies group, which meets every Friday morning, is a great boost to the gardeners, who really value their help in this lengthy task.”

Kirsty Rose is one of the garden's regular volunteers. She lives locally and has been on a Nansa supported community work placement for nearly two years. Kirsty is also a member of the Women in Wellies group and joins in on Fridays with her sister Emma.

Kirsty said: “I really enjoy getting involved in my local community and working in the Women in Wellies group with my sister. I love working outdoors and listening to the birdsong in the garden.”

Mary McCambridge, Nansa's outreach supervisor, who regularly works with Kirsty in the garden, said: “The partnership with Fairhaven is fantastic. Everyone is very supportive and they invite Kirsty to all the social activities. She really feels part of the team.”

Nansa www.nansa.org.uk is a Norfolk based charity which supports children, families and adults with physical, sensory and learning disabilities. 

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is at South Walsham, nine miles east of Norwich, signposted off A47 at B1140 junction, t. 01603 270449,www.fairhavengarden.co.uk.

The garden is open daily all winter 10am to 4pm . Garden entry is adults £6.75, concessions £6.15 and children £3.85 ( Fairhaven members and under 5 free). Free entry to tearoom, gift shop and plant sales.

There is wheelchair access throughout the garden, including a Sensory Garden and boat trips (April to October, additional charge). Visitors requiring special facilities are advised to telephone in advance, mobility scooters available.

Dogs are welcome on leads; small charge to cover poop scoop.

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Mary McCambridge Nansa and volunteers Kirsty Rose and Sue Halford

Last modified on Friday, 19 January 2018 17:56

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