The Broads is Britain’s magical waterland, a fragile wetland of international importance.
Love the Broads is a scheme that provides an easy way for you to donate a small amount of money to a range of projects that are vital for the conservation of the Broads and which will also benefit our local communities.
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, at South Walsham in the Norfolk Broads, opened to the public on 19 April 1975. To mark the 40th anniversary, the garden team has embarked on a project to restore the West Garden.
Former Fairhaven manager and Head Gardener, George Debbage has masterminded the first phase of the project, the restoration of a candelabra primula bed. Work has included stabilising the dyke edge, which has eroded over a number of years due to the incursion of high tides. Planting up the bed began on Friday 27 March.
Norfolk Broads based photographer Stephen Mole is staging an exhibition of photographs of iconic Norfolk landscapes at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham from Tuesday 6 to Sunday 18 January, open 10am to 4pm daily. Entry to the exhibition is free (charge for garden entry).
Stephen Mole said: “Born and bred in Norfolk, I have always been inspired by the wide open skies and wonderful light that makes this part of the world so 'special'. Many of the images that I capture are influenced by the Norfolk Broads, along with the Norfolk coastline.”
Renowned Broads artist David Dane returns to Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden at South Walsham from Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 November with Magic Moments. This exhibition features a brand new collection of 11 oil paintings, capturing fleeting images of the Broads. There will also be a selection of high-class giclée prints in various sizes. The exhibition is open every day from 10am to 4pm (free entry).
The £35,000 restoration of Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden’s 19th century boathouse, one of the last traditional thatched boathouses on the Broads, has been completed. Fairhaven Garden trustees and staff and individuals and organisations who have contributed to the public appeal to save the boathouse, gathered in the garden on Monday, August 18, to celebrate the project’s successful conclusion.
John Burton (74), one of the boat drivers at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden at South Walsham, retired on Tuesday 15 July after eight years at Fairhaven and 60 years involved in the Broads boating industry, as a boat builder and boat skipper.