Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:00

Eightieth Birthday Celebrations for Fairhaven Garden's Volunteer Wildlife Warden

Written by  Paul Dickson
Rate this item
(0 votes)
Eightieth Birthday Celebrations for Fairhaven Garden's Volunteer Wildlife Warden

Tabs Taberham, Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden's volunteer Wildlife Warden, celebrated his 80th birthday on Friday.

To mark the occasion Tabs was presented with a walking stick made by forester, Pete Taylor, from Fairhaven hazel, with a carved piece from the King Oak on top.

Louise Rout, Garden Manager said: “Many happy returns to Tabs, who provides wonderful support to our gardening team, including habitat management advice, monitoring wildlife in the garden, leading regular guided walks and working on wildlife projects like our ongoing entomological survey.”

Join Tabs on his next Walk on the Wildside on Friday 1 February, from 9am to 10.30am. Tabs' guided tours take place on the first Friday of the month and are included in the garden entry charge: adult £6.85, concessions £6.60, child £3.95 (under 5 free). Please book in advance via www.fairhavengarden.co.uk or t. 01603 270449.

The King Oak is the garden's oldest ancient tree. It was a sapling at the time of the Battle of Hastings. The piece of the King Oak used in Tabs' walking stick came from tree surgery done last winter to help keep the tree fit and healthy.

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is at South Walsham, signposted off A47 at B1140 junction, half way between Norwich and Great Yarmouth.

The garden is open daily all year, 10am to 4pm until the end of February, then 10am to 5pm (closed Christmas Day), and on Wednesdays until 9pm from May to the end of August. Free entry to tearoom, provisions shop, 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). Visitors requiring special facilities are advised to telephone in advance, mobility scooters available.

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

T 01603 270449 or see www.fairhavengarden.co.uk

Pete_Tabs_25_Jan_19.JPGPete Taylor (left), who made the walking stick and Tabs Taberham holding his new walking stick.

Read 377 times Last modified on Saturday, 26 January 2019 20:00

Related items

  • 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.”

  • Win a family ticket to Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema

    All Things Norfolk have teamed up with Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden to provide you with the chance to win a family ticket to Fairhaven's Outdoor Cinema on either Friday 2nd August to see the Greatest Showman or Saturday 3rd August to see Mary Poppins (1964) . The prize incorporates Garden entry for that day from 10am and then the film at 8.30pm . 

    Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden in South Walsham consists of 130 acres of cultivated, wild and natural plantings, a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. There are nearly 4 miles of woodland pathways to explore along with stunning views over their private broad.

  • Fairhaven Garden - New Mobility Scooter for Volunteer Wildlife Warden

    Trevor 'Tabs' Taberham (80), volunteer Wildlife Warden at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham has had his access throughout the garden greatly improved by the garden's acquisition of a new mobility scooter.

    The mobility scooter, one of a small 'fleet' of four scooters that visitors to the garden can borrow in return for a donation, is very important to Tabs as it means he can continue as a volunteer. 

    Tabs said: “Without the mobility scooter, I would no longer be working as Wildlife Warden at Fairhaven. Due to the onset of rheumatism in my hips, plus sciatica, both of which are very painful, I find it difficult to walk more than 25 metres without having to sit down. Now with the mobility scooter I can lead my Walk on the Wildside and Evening Birdsong guided tours and get to every corner of the garden in minutes. I can easily carry my buckets of bird food, my mini tool kit, small first aid kit, my two cameras and water bottle, most of which I would struggle to take with me, if I was on foot.”