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Friday, 22 September 2017 00:00

Wake up Call

In 2005 Grice Chapman Publishing, a small independent Publishing House based at Burgh-Next-Aylsham received a script from a gentleman in Monmouthshire who had been trying to get his work published, his name was Ray Armstrong. Ray had seen that Grice Chapman had published books by Hugh Brandon-Cox about the Wildlife of East Anglia and hoped they would be interested in publishing his book on 25 years of keen observations of the rich diversity of wildlife in his villlage. When Ray shared over 100 wildlife photographs, many the result of many hours of patient watching and waiting in all weathers, to accompany a script with a sharp well defined focus, there was soon a book contract heading from Norfolk to Ray's letterbox!

Published in Norfolk News

The spectacular transformation of five former farm workers’ cottages and the creation of a unique indoor adventure play centre at Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, is in the running for a prestigious national award.

Pensthorpe’s management team has been invited to the grand final of the Local Authority Building Control Awards at London’s Westminster Park Plaza in November, having won Best Inclusive Building at the East Anglian regional finals.

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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."

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Holt Country Park, Sadler’s Wood, near North Walsham, and Pretty Corner Woods, near Sheringham, have again been named amongst the best open spaces in the UK, winning the right to fly the prestigious Green Flag for 2017/18.

This is the thirteenth year in a row that Holt Country Park has been able to fly the Green Flag, which denotes a welcoming, safe, clean and well-managed site.

The award demands year-on-year improvement for the status to be retained.

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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 owners of a spectacular bluebell wood which, until last year, had lain hidden from public gaze for centuries will be holding five open days this year in aid of an Aylsham-based charity.

Having introduced a little more light into the ancient five-acre wood through sensitive coppicing, keen conservationists Andrew and Caroline Morton believe the dazzling  spectacular, with its wonderful scent, will be more breathtaking than ever.

Friday, 24 March 2017 00:00

Norfolk Festival of Nature

The Norfolk Festival of Nature at Gresham’s, a celebration of the county’s unique countryside, returns to Holt on 16 – 18 June 2017 with a fantastic new family friendly line-up.

The opening event on Friday 16 June welcomes well-known television presenters and wildlife lovers, Martin Hughes-Games (BBC’s Springwatch) and Iolo Williams (BBC Wales) for an amusing and informative show.  The ‘Wildlife Road Trip’ will be packed with facts and fun for the whole family to enjoy.

Published in Norfolk News
Saturday, 19 November 2016 00:00

The East Anglian Game and Country Fair 2017

The East Anglian Game & Country Fair will take place on Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd April 2017, at the beautiful new location of Euston Estate, near Thetford, by kind permission of The Duke and Duchess of Grafton.

Henry FitzRoy, 12th Duke of Grafton said "My family and I are delighted that Euston Estate is hosting the East Anglian Game and Country Fair for the first time, as this popular event returns for its 14th year.  I would like to welcome all the officials, sponsors, exhibitors and the public to what I hope will be a very enjoyable two days. The park and grounds offer a particularly attractive setting for events of this kind and all the diverse activities on offer from clay shooting to dog shows, and archery to forestry displays, make it a great day out for the whole family. With something for everyone, we hope that the Fair continues to grow from strength to strength, as it showcases the best in country pursuits."

Published in Visitor Guide
Saturday, 12 November 2016 00:00

Debut children's book from Norwich author

Curly Sheep's Bad Hair Day is a new children's book written and illustrated by Norwich author and artist, Sandra Derry. It is the first in a series of books by Sandra, who grew up on a farm, aiming to introduce children to countryside life. Curly  Sheep's Bad Hair Day is beautifully illustrated. It explains, in a fun way,  how and why sheep get sheared.
 
Sandra approached Kinsale Infant School for feedback, when she was writing the book and creating the illustrations.  The reviews from children at the school are included on the back cover. 
 
To thank the children, Sandra visited Kinsale Infant School to present copies of the book to her band of reviewers.

One of our city’s natural gems is set to benefit from a bit of extra TLC, as a special work day is planned this week.

On Thursday 13 August, staff from National Grid will join Norwich Fringe Project and some of its regular volunteers in a day of activity on Marston Marsh. Work will include cutting and raking marshland vegetation, to improve the biodiversity of the site. A bench and two information boards, donated by National Grid, will also be installed – to add that little bit more to the experience visitors to the marsh will have. 

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 00:00

River Waveney Sculpture Trail

Waveney & Blyth Arts’ River Waveney Sculpture Trail returns for the second year this summer to the River Waveney Trust near Bungay, opening on Friday, August 14.
 
The Sculpture Trail, which is supported by Essex & Suffolk Water’s Branch Out fund and is curated by Norfolk artist and curator, Sarah Cannell, will feature 40 new sculptures and installations from 32 artists that respond to the beauty of this stunning part of the River Waveney. The river Waveney Sculpture trail is open each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from August 14th to September 6th and August Bank Holiday Monday from 10am to 4pm. Entry is £4 for adults, under 18's free and £3 for members of Waveney & Blyth Arts and River Waveney Trust. Venue address is the River Waveney Study Centre, Old Harleston Road, Earsham, Bungay, NR35 2AF. 
Published in Visitor Guide
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 00:00

Green Flag awards in North Norfolk

Holt Country Park, Sadler’s Wood and Pretty Corner, near Sheringham, have again been named amongst the best open spaces in the UK, winning the right to fly the prestigious Green Flag for 2015/16.

It is the eleventh year in a row that Holt Country Park, which, like the other two winners, is run by North Norfolk District Council (NNDC), has earned a Green Flag for being welcoming, safe, clean and well-managed.

Published in Visitor Guide
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 00:00

Working together at Holt Country Park

North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) is celebrating ten years of working together successfully with volunteers from Holt Day Centre at Green Flag award-winning Holt Country Park.

For the last ten years, NNDC’s Countryside Rangers have been joined by volunteers from Holt Day Centre to undertake practical conservation work including building a sensory garden, making butterfly habitats, planting trees, gardening and creating habitats for mini beasts and amphibians.

Published in Norfolk News
Friday, 10 October 2014 00:00

Ways to travel green across East Anglia

Sometimes green travel is not the fastest way to get around. However coming to East Anglia means that you can leave the hustle and bustle of the big city behind. You can afford to be a little bit more casual about how you get from A to B, and even consider the environmental impacts of constantly moving around. The overall carbon consumption across the UK adds up to 29.7 million tonnes of CO2 every year, during the rush hour period alone.

Published in Norfolk News

The 2014 North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) Graham Allen Award has been won by Bessingham Manor for the restoration of the previously derelict grand Victorian country house. 

The Manor has a long and intriguing history involving fires, theft and bankruptcy.  It has been to auction, been structurally condemned and was even scheduled to be demolished in February 2010.

Published in Norfolk News
Monday, 15 September 2014 00:00

The Future of Land Drainage

Within the UK land drainage has markedly decreased in recent years, this is partially  due to a surge in land drainage investment when there was government funding available (in the 80s) and slow loss of interest when funding was no longer available.

A recent report by Rob Burtonshaw assessed the current standing land drainage in the UK and explored the progress of the industry worldwide, looking at the best techniques and technologies in the field:

Published in Norfolk News

When the recession hit in 2008, many people chose to leave their city life for a more rural lifestyle because houses in the country were much more affordable. For example, the DEFRA report discovered that an extra 48,000 people moved into rural areas, including Norfolk, in the years 2010-11 on top of 54,000 who relocated to the countryside during the previous year. The poor economy and the unstable housing market just meant that people couldn’t afford their more lavish lifestyle in some of the UK’s biggest cities.

Published in Norfolk News