Tuesday, 05 December 2017 00:00

Fairhaven Garden Improves Visitor Access

Written by  Paul Dickson
Rate this item
(1 Vote)
Fairhaven gardeners at work on phase two of the Main Bridges Path, left to right: John Debbage, Michael Hadji and Lewis Goldspink. Photograph credit Fairhaven Garden Fairhaven gardeners at work on phase two of the Main Bridges Path, left to right: John Debbage, Michael Hadji and Lewis Goldspink. Photograph credit Fairhaven Garden

The gardening team at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden at South Walsham, has embarked on phase two of a 120-metre path renewal project in the West Garden, thanks to a successful Pound a Plank fundraising campaign. The aim is to complete the project by early February.

Phase one of the scheme was completed in May, but the gardeners needed a further £7,000 to finish the work. The money has been raised through Gift Aid donations added to the garden entry charge, Pound a Plank donations, collection boxes, a second hand book stall, and a grant from Broadland District Council.

The finished scheme will feature two passing bays for mobility scooters and visitors in wheelchairs. The passing bays will also include benches so visitors can rest and enjoy the sights and sounds of the garden.

Some 800 planks will cover the length of the main bridges path, with its six bridges. The planks are being set on top of telegraph poles to raise the level and protect the path from winter floods. The candelabra primula beds, running beside the path, are also being raised to give the plants similar protection and support the annual regeneration and growth of new plants from seed.

The project has been designed by Fairhaven Gardener, John Debbage and is being implemented by John, gardening colleague Michael Hadji and Easton College student, Lewis Goldspink. Lewis is studying Level 2 Horticulture and is doing his work experience at Fairhaven.

Broadland District Council's £1800 Community Fund grant is also supporting access work near the main entrance and on the neighbouring Kingfisher Path, along with improvements to visitor information in the garden.

Just over £1300 has been raised through Pound a Plank donations. The fund will remain open to support future projects in the garden. Donations of books are very welcome for the second hand book stall, which is in Fairhaven’s Kingfisher Tearoom.

Louise Rout, Manager Fairhaven Garden said: “I would like to thank Broadland District Council for supporting our work in the garden and everyone who has helped the scheme by donating a Pound a Plank and money through our gift aid scheme, collection boxes and second hand book stall. The main bridges path is looking terrific and when it is completed will greatly improve access for all.”

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is owned by the Fairhaven Garden Trust, whose key objectives are to care for the garden so that it can be enjoyed by this and future generations and to provide access for all.

The garden is at South Walsham NR13 6DZ, nine miles east of Norwich, signposted off A47 at B1140 junction, t. 01603 270449 www.fairhavengarden.co.uk.

Fairhaven is open daily all year (closed Christmas Day). The garden opens from 10am to 4pm during the winter; entry is £6.75 adult, £6.15 concessions, £3.85 child (under 5 free); free entry to tearoom, gift shop and plant sales.

There is wheelchair access throughout, including a Sensory Garden and an accessible boat for trips on the broad from 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.

fairhavenflowers.jpg

Last modified on Sunday, 13 January 2019 15:27

Visit the following businesses

cache/resized/bfaf537e48dbae7b3b89f10c988b308a.png
The Lodge Griddle and Grill
The Lodge Griddle & Grill has had a radical makeover for its 10th anniversary year and now serves a variety of mouth-watering dishes with sizzlers, steaks, ribs and grills with a few pub favourites thrown in the mix. An independent restaurant ...
Explore
cache/resized/eeb042381c08d9e4947f1fe18ebb5314.jpg
Fido's Pet Bazaar
Fidos Pet Bazaar is a double award winning Pet Shop started by Alan and Lorna Raven in 1977 and still going strong. We are a large authentic pet shop combining the best of the old with the best of the new and an alternative to boring old pet ...
Explore
cache/resized/58e130af78f8007606fc86005496df1c.jpg
North Norfolk Holiday Cottages
Fabulous dog and family friendly self catering holiday cottages in North Norfolk. All with real fires and unlimited WiFi.  Lark Cottage, Titchwell, North Norfolk sleeps 8-10 and unlimited dogs welcome at no extra charge. With a large enclosed ...
Explore
cache/resized/28b759c4e3f5a8d7eb4c9624b711f5ef.jpg
Chris Crowther Author and Writer
Chris Crowther spent 42 years of his working life flying aeroplanes and helicopters in various parts of the world, mainly West Africa as Chief Pilot of a helicopter operation, and where his first books were written. After hanging up his flying ...
Explore
cache/resized/9445333de2ec411e020002788ad482f9.jpg
One Training Solutions
First Aid Training Courses in Kings Lynn Norfolk One Training Solutions offer First Aid training courses, AED Training courses, Pets First Aid training courses and are a Regulated Qualification and is provided through an Awarding Organisation ...
Explore
cache/resized/4afddc114cb9d060966b473e9d08bb8f.jpg
Serenity Touch
At Serenity Touch I provide Holistic therapies in the Norfolk region. To treat `holistically' is when a therapist will approach an individual's condition and take into account the physical, mental and social factors rather than just the diagnosed ...
Explore
benefits banner

Related items

  • Tenth Annual Fairhaven Fun Dog Day – Great Yarmouth Winner

    Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden at South Walsham, staged its tenth annual Fun Dog Day and Dog Show on Sunday, September 8.

    The Dog Show's 11 categories, including best mover, best sausage catcher, cutest face, best crossbreed, prettiest bitch, handsomest male and best family raised £386 for Great Yarmouth based CARE Dog Rescue, www.care-uk.com.

    Nicola Cook from Great Yarmouth won Best in Show with her English Cocker Spaniel, Myrtle, along with Prettiest Bitch puppy to the three years old. 

    Matthew Wilson from Lowestoft won Reserve Best in Show with his Lurcher, Lily, along with the dog the judge would most like to take home category. Lilly was also second in best sausage catcher. 

    Event organiser, Georgina Angel said: “I would like to thank all the owners and their dogs for taking part in our Dog Show and making it such a success. We are really pleased to be donating £386 to CARE Dog Rescue.”

  • Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden in UK's Best 100 Gardens 2019

    Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is in Garden News Magazine's Best 100 Gardens in the UK for the second year running. The Best 100 Gardens poll, which was voted on by the magazine's readers, also gave Fairhaven third place in the Midlands region (which includes East Anglia).

    Louise Rout, General Manager, Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden said: “We are thrilled to be in Garden News Magazine's Best 100 Gardens again and would like to thank everyone who voted and helped us achieve third place in the Midlands. Our gardening team work so hard to care for the garden and the Best 100 Gardens poll is a wonderful endorsement of their work.“

    The garden is open daily from 10am to 5pm . Free entry to tearoom (opens 9.15am), gift shop and plant sales.

    There is wheelchair access throughout the garden, including a Sensory Garden and an accessible boat for trips on the broad from April to October (additional charge).

  • Win a family ticket to Fairhaven's Cirque de Bizarre Halloween Party

    All Things Norfolk have teamed up with Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden to provide you with the chance to win a family ticket to their Cirque de Bizarre Halloween Party which takes place on Thursday 31st October from 6pm to 8pm.

    The Fairhaven Cirque de Bizarre Halloween Party features mind-boggling acts in the woods from the Foolhardy Circus. There'll be ferocious fire eating and a terrifying trapeze artist. Ruby Dagger will chew her razor blades and there'll be a group of fiendish clowns among the trees. Look out for the trickery of the Black HoleMagic Box, the frightening skill of the whip man and hear devilish tales from Tilly the Storyteller. Don't miss the live music, children's entertainer, fabulous face painting and great food and drink. Dress code is diabolical circus. The evening finishes with a fireworks finale at 7.45pm. You'd be bats to miss it!

  • Summer Fun at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

    Head to Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden this summer, explore the garden and enjoy the popular Great Bear Hunt with additional Teddy Bears' Picnic, plus the Tree-Mendous trail, Den Building, the tree swing and Wild Wednesdays, craft related wildlife activities every Wednesday during the school holidays (11am to 3pm).

    All the activities are included in the garden entry charge, which is £6.85 for adults, £6.60 for concessions, £3.95 for children (5-16) and under 5 free.

    Volunteer Andy Usher has carved 10 bears from Fairhaven wood to create the Great Bear Hunt. The bears are located throughout the garden next to trees and shrubs. It's a fun way to learn about the woodland and get out and about in the garden.

    Andy has also created a special summer Teddy Bears' Picnic area and a Bear Swing. Children can borrow one of our teddy bears at visitor reception, or bring their own and enjoy some quality bear time.

  • Fairhaven Garden Black Headed Gull Colony Enjoys Nesting on Rafts

    The black headed gull colony at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is having a successful breeding season nesting on wooden rafts on the garden's private broad.

    Trevor 'Tabs' Taberham volunteer wildlife warden explains: “The wooden rafts have been moored on the broad by the gardening team and have proved very popular with the black headed gulls. Some of the gulls have nested on the top of wooden posts that have cavities in the top, a precarious position to be in, as one false step and the chick falls into the water.

    Fortunately the wooden rafts are fitted with floating gangplanks which the chicks happily use to get back onto the rafts and luckily the parents continue to feed them.”