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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 popular Easter Egg Hunt which takes place on Good Friday, 19th April 2019 between 11am and 4pm. 

Hunt for the colourful eggs that will lead you to a chocolate egg prize, plus face painting and Easter crafts for children.

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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Tuesday, 05 December 2017 00:00

Fairhaven Garden Improves Visitor Access

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.

Monday, 16 October 2017 00:00

Fairhaven Garden King Oak Inspection

Foresters at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden marked the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm today (October 16), by giving that great survivor, the King Oak, its annual close inspection. The King Oak is more than 900 years old and survived the Great Storm, which smashed through the garden uprooting 2000 trees.

Matt Jordan, Head Forester said: “We discovered a hornet's nest during the inspection, so we were unable to give the King Oak it's 'haircut'. Tree surgery will be scheduled later in November when the hornets have disappeared. We regularly give the tree a visual inspection, looking for broken limbs and aggressive fungi, but climb the tree once a year to give it a thorough health check, looking for weakness in branch junctions and other damage.”

Old beer barrels have been recycled to provide new dog watering stations at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham. Two have been set up so far, near the tearoom and down by the staithe next to Fairhaven's broad, with a third watering station coming soon.

Visitor Peter Brough's dog, Pippa, sampled the new watering station. “It's the first time we have visited Fairhaven. We are from Brownhills in the West Midlands and have travelled over for a short break before our niece, Emma's graduation day at UEA."

Nine common tern chicks, from four breeding pairs of adult birds, have hatched on the new floating breeding platform secured on Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden’s broad at South Walsham. Last year one pair bred with two chicks fledging. 
 
Trevor ‘Tabs’ Taberham, volunteer wildlife warden at Fairhaven Garden explained: “Two years ago, just after I started working her, five pairs of common terns tried to breed on the island in Fairhaven broad, but greylag geese wrecked the nests. So last year, we experimented with a single standard size pallet, attached to posts that are in middle of the broad. It attracted two pairs of common terns; one pair stayed to nest, three chicks fledged, but unfortunately one was taken by a Herring gull.”
The gardening team at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden at South Walsham, has embarked on a 120-metre path renewal project in the West Garden, and is asking visitors to donate a Pound a Plank to support the project and ensure that it can be completed by the end of July.
 
So far £5,000 has been raised through Gift Aid donations added to the garden entry charge, collection boxes and a second hand book stall, towards the £12,000 scheme on the main bridge path. The scheme will improve access by adding 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, including the candelabra primulas in May and yellow flag iris, marsh marigold and massed wild flowers from June onwards.
A new floating breeding platform for common terns was secured on Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden’s broad today (March 27) at South Walsham. It was attached to posts that survive from an old 1960s installation, designed to deter waterskiing.
 
The platform comprises a 3m x 2m pallet and six large fruit juice barrels (for buoyancy) donated by Britvic, Norwich, along with two ‘air raid’ shelters, so that chicks can hide from aerial predators and a hinged ramp into the water. The ramp will take the weight of a chick, but not otters, to deter them from attacking.
Trevor ‘Tabs’ Taberham, Volunteer Wildlife Warden, began a full entomology survey of Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden in May. It is the first time that an entomology survey has been carried out in the garden.
 
Assisted by his partner Pat and entomologist friend Neil Marks and his wife Anne, he has discovered, photographed, identified and recorded hundreds of insect species. The project has recently revealed the presence of the willow emerald damselfly in the garden.

Two All Things Norfolk business members, Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden and The Maids Head Hotel are celebrating English Tourism Week which is from 5-13 March.

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is celebrating with special English Tourism Cupcakes whilst the Maids Head Hotel has created a special Norfolk Martini, featuring 50ml Wild Knight vodka, 25ml dry vermouth, 20ml Norfolk elderflower cordial and a sprig of Rosemary. To make your own, muddle rosemary and ingredients together, shake with ice and strain in to a coupé or martini glass and garnish with rosemary.

The new Hydrangea Path created in the West Garden, earlier this year, to mark Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden’s 40th anniversary is at its colourful best.
 
“We developed the Hydrangea Path to add interest in the summer season. The multi-coloured hydrangeas add a new aspect to Fairhaven, at a time of year when the garden is very lush and green,” explained Louise Rout, Garden Manager. “Many wildflower species can also be seen, supporting our butterfly and dragonfly populations.”
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