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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.”

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.

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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.”

Keith Simpson MP for Broadland visited Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden today, to officially open the new floating viewing platform, overlooking the garden's private broad. 

The platform was designed and constructed by Fairhaven Gardener, Pete Taylor. It is 4m x 4.5m and sits on more than 40 double Aqua-Dock plastic floating modules. The platform cost £4,500 to build, funded by visitors' gift aid donations. It is fully accessible and will soon have a new picnic table made from recycled plastic.

Louise Rout, Manager Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden said: “It was pleasure to welcome Mr Simpson and show him the garden at this lovely time of the year. Pete Taylor has built a wonderful platform, which I am sure will be thoroughly enjoyed by all who take in the view of the Broad. Thank you so much to our visitors' for the gift aid donations, which have made the project possible.”

Councillor Margaret Stone, Chairman Norfolk County Council and Councillor Judy Leggett, Chairman Broadland District Council and children from Fairhaven Primary School visited Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden at South Walsham on Friday, April 5, to plant a new bed of primula denticulata, the drumstick primula, to mark English Tourism Week.

Louise Rout, Manager, Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden said: “The new primulas border will enhance our wonderful collection of primulas, which are at their best during the second of May. I would like to thank the Chairman of Norfolk County Council and the Chairman of Broadland District Council, along with the children from Fairhaven Primary School for helping us celebrate English Tourism Week. The new primula border will enhance our wonderful collection of primulas, which are at their best during the second of May.

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.”

Wiggle, an eight year-old Cardigan Welsh Corgi, with owner Kerry Frosdick from Halvergate, won Best in Show at Sunday's Fairhaven Garden Dog Show, along with the Prettiest Bitch Age 4+ category. It was Wiggle's second triumph at Fairhaven. She won Best in Show in 2012. 

More than 200 dogs entered Dog Show categories. Cutest Face was the most popular with 45 entries. It was the ninth time that the Broads garden had staged its Dog Day and Dog Show. Funds raised from the Dog Show will be donated to Dog Lost Norfolk and Suffolk.

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden at South Walsham is in Garden News magazine's Best 100 Gardens in the UK 2018. Gardens News readers voted for their favourite garden in a poll throughout the summer.

Louise Rout, Fairhaven Garden's manager said: "We are thrilled to feature in Garden News Magazine's, Best 100 Gardens. Thank you so much to all the magazine's readers who voted for us."

The garden is open daily all year from 10am to 5pm (closed Christmas Day). Entry charge is £6.85 adult, £6.60 concessions, £3.95 child (under 5 free). Free entry to tearoom, gift shop and plant sales.

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, at South Walsham, has opened a small provisions shop in its tearoom to provide 'essential essentials' for local residents and visitors on boating and self-catering holidays in the area.

Louise Rout, Fairhaven Garden Manager explained: “We were very sad when our village shop closed last September. Some villagers asked us if we were going to run a shop, but we don't have enough room. However when visitors on boating holidays came up from South Walsham Broad at Easter and asked if we sold bread or milk, we decided that we would experiment with a small range of 'essential essentials' for visitors on holiday and also our local residents. If demand grows, we can always expand the range and bring in items like cut ham."

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden's ancient King Oak, believed to have been a sapling at the time of the Battle of Hastings and one of the oldest trees in Norfolk, has been given a 'trim' to ensure it's long-term health.

Four years ago, the King Oak's crown was suffering from die-back and was reduced in size to help stabilise the tree. The path was also moved away from the garden's champion tree to give it more breathing space. Visitors' feet were compacting the roots and suffocating the tree.

Matt Jordan, Fairhaven Garden's Head Forester explained: “We give the King Oak an annual health-check, along with regular visual inspections, looking for broken limbs and aggressive fungi. The tree has survived so long, because it was actively pollarded for many centuries and also grew next to a good supply of water. More recently, it has also responded well to the footpath being moved away from it's root system.”

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