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Saturday, 01 September 2018 00:00

Whitlingham Country Park

All Things Norfolk business member Joe Lenton of Original Art Photography focusses on Whitlingham Country Park in the latest of his series of features for All Things Norfolk.

Joe has over 50 international awards to his name and All Things Norfolk are delighted to bring you another edition of his popular series to help inspire you and learn how to take that perfect image to encapsulate Norfolk.

Whitlingham Country Park is a beautiful area of 25 hectares of stunning open parkland and water very near to Norwich city centre 

At its heart is Whitlingham Broad where many water based activities and land based advertures are available for all ages and abilities from taster sessions to skill courses and include Sailing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Paddleboarding, Windsurfing, Bushcraft, Climbing and Archery.

There is a camp site which includes traditional pitches to the more boutique Shepherds Huts. There is also an information centre along with a cafe which sells delicious home cooked breakfasts, hot meals and homemade cakes and scones.

You can do a circular walk around the broad and take in the views with various points to stop and sit on a bench too.

You can find Whitlingham Country Park in Trowse, just a short distance from Norwich city centre.

The postcode is NR14 8TR and there are pay and display car parks available.

For more information about Whitlingham Country Park please visit the official website at www.whitlinghamcharitabletrust.com

 

Published in Norfolk Guide
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.
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.”
Free Spirit Canoe Tours are launching a new Guided Canoe Trail at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden on Sunday, June 7. 
 
Get close to nature on the canoe trail on Fairhaven Garden’s private broad. No experience is necessary; life jackets and buoyancy aids are supplied.
 
The trails run from 2pm to 3pm and 3pm to 4pm on Sundays, June 7, June 14 and June 28 and all Sundays in July and August; £18 adult, £12.50 child 10-16 and £9.50 child 5-9. Garden entry is included in the price. 
Published in Visitor Guide
Friday, 27 March 2015 00:00

Fairhaven Garden West Garden Restoration

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.

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.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:00

60 years on the Broads

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.

Published in Press Releases
Thursday, 07 March 2013 00:00

Wind Energy Museum

The Wind Energy Museum - The Morse Collection is a fascinating collection of wind powered exhibits in the picturesque village of Repps with Bastwick.

The Allthingsnorfolk team caught up with Debra Nicholson from the Museum to learn a little bit more about the history of the Collection and all things wind powered!

Published in Norfolk Guide