Monday, 16 October 2017 00:00

Fairhaven Garden King Oak Inspection

Written by  Paul Dickson
Rate this item
(1 Vote)
Pete Taylor Fairhaven Garden forester, inspecting the King Oak  -  Image credit Paul Dickson Pete Taylor Fairhaven Garden forester, inspecting the King Oak - Image credit Paul Dickson

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.”

“The good news is that King Oak is in good health,” added Matt Jordan. “When we come back to do some surgery we will cut off some of the growth to help manage the weight on the tree's boughs. The tree has survived so long, because it was actively pollarded for many years and also grew next to a good supply of water. It has also responded well to the footpath being moved away from it's root system.”

Louise Rout Garden Manager explained: “Four years ago we moved the path away from the King Oak to give the tree more breathing space. Visitors' feet were compacting the roots and suffocating the tree. The King Oak and its neighbour the Queen Oak have responded very well to the space that we have given them. The path runs close to the trees, so you can still get a very good view of our star oaks.”

Fairhaven_King_Oak_16_Oct_173_picture_Paul_Dickson.jpg

Fairhaven Garden foresters Matt Jordan (left) and Pete Taylor inspecting the King Oak - Image credit Paul Dickson

Fairhaven Garden has had its own forestry team for the last 18 months, comprising Matt Jordan and Pete Taylor. Led by Matt, the duo also offer a tree surgery contracting service.

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is at South Walsham NR13 6DZ, nine miles east Norwich, signposted off A47 at B1140 junction, t. 01603 270449, www.fairhavengarden.co.uk

Fairhaven is open daily all year from 10am to 5pm (closed Christmas Day and closes 4pm in the winter), and on Wednesdays until 9pm from May to the end of August. Garden entry is adult £6.75, concessions £6.15, child £3.85 (under 5 free). Free entry to tearoom, 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.

Fairhaven_King_Oak_16_Oct_172_picture_Paul_Dickson.jpg

Pete Taylor Fairhaven Garden forester, inspecting the King Oak - Image credit Paul Dickson

 

 

 

Last modified on Sunday, 13 January 2019 15:25

Visit the following businesses

cache/resized/730f654a95f8e8733c586809c94e0425.jpg
Dipple & Conway
Since opening our first store in 1916, the Dipple & Conway business has successfully grown and maintained as a family-run, independent Norfolk optician. Now, with three stores across Norfolk, based in Diss, Swaffham and Norwich. Our Dipple ...
Explore
cache/resized/b95b23bad2a59fa56751733b146a81db.jpg
Budget Marquees
For Sale:  ‘Instant Gazebos Event Tents' - buy plain or branded with your company or club name and logo, slogan, photos... Our range is the biggest, and comes in 3 grades, 11 sizes and up to 19 colour combinations, as well as Compact ...
Explore
cache/resized/4fa6bea5fcf3ce118d841eb2c3fdce20.jpg
Franchise Supermarket
Franchise Supermarket is a local business with a friendly and expert team who have 15 years combined experience within the franchise sector. Here at Franchise Supermarket, our friendly and experienced team will always be happy to assist you and your ...
Explore
cache/resized/62bec4358e671feb1f719cd6eac78b5b.jpg
Chameleon Designs Interiors
OUR SERVICES Our role is to provide full interior layouts and interior remodeling, including furniture design and procurement, detailed finishes, schedules, lighting solutions, soft furnishings and budgeting skills, covering all areas ...
Explore
cache/resized/4afddc114cb9d060966b473e9d08bb8f.jpg
Serenity Touch
At Serenity Touch I provide Holistic therapies in the Norfolk region. To treat `holistically' is when a therapist will approach an individual's condition and take into account the physical, mental and social factors rather than just the diagnosed ...
Explore
cache/resized/b9842c8faf6e210a02ed37f7e8309973.jpg
Clapham & Collinge
Clapham & Collinge are a well established law firm, located in the heart of Norwich City Centre business district and the main shopping areas of Sheringham and North Walsham. We pride ourselves in offering sound and confidential advice on an ...
Explore
benefits banner

Related items

  • Head to Fairhaven Garden for The Great Bear Hunt

    The Great Bear Hunt returns to Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, at South Walsham, on Saturday, March 21 and will run until the autumn.

    The 10 bears carved by Fairhaven volunteer Andy Usher have been in hibernation over the winter and are ready for another season in the garden. There are also two additional bonus bears, recently carved by Andy, for visitors to discover.

    Armed with a trail map, showing location clues, families can have fun hunting the bears, learn about the trees in the garden and make up names for the bears.

    Andy Usher explained: “I have volunteered in the garden for the last six years. I am chainsaw qualified, bought a carving saw and began experimenting with creating animals. This led to my idea to carve the bears out of Fairhaven wood and give families a fun activity. All the bears are next to well-known trees and the idea is for children to discover some of the species that make up the woodland garden, as well as enjoy hunting the bears.”

  • Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden Winter Coppicing Campaign

    The gardening team and volunteers at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, are working on their annual winter hazel coppicing campaign. Every year they coppice a section of hazel on rotation, using a battery operated chainsaw to minimise the noise.

    This ancient woodland management practice involves cutting young stems down to a stump. The tree then regrows and is cut again on a seven year cycle. All the young stems are used. They are sold in plant sales as pea sticks and bean poles and they are also being bundled up into faggots, which will build up the paths on sections of the Broads and Ranworth Walks.

  • Notcutts Donates Bulbs to Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

    Notcutts Norwich Garden Centre have donated end of season bulbs to Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden.

    The gift was facilitated by Ray Etheridge, one of Fairhaven's regular garden volunteers, who works at Notcutts. Ray explained: “Every year Notcutts donates end of season stock to charity. I suggested that Fairhaven would be a good location for our bulbs and was delighted to be able to bring four sacks of daffodils, along with tulips, and crocus to plant in the garden.”

    Fairhaven Gardener Lydia Sutton is pictured with Ray planting some of the bulbs.

  • Tenth Annual Fairhaven Fun Dog Day – Great Yarmouth Winner

    Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden at South Walsham, staged its tenth annual Fun Dog Day and Dog Show on Sunday, September 8.

    The Dog Show's 11 categories, including best mover, best sausage catcher, cutest face, best crossbreed, prettiest bitch, handsomest male and best family raised £386 for Great Yarmouth based CARE Dog Rescue, www.care-uk.com.

    Nicola Cook from Great Yarmouth won Best in Show with her English Cocker Spaniel, Myrtle, along with Prettiest Bitch puppy to the three years old. 

    Matthew Wilson from Lowestoft won Reserve Best in Show with his Lurcher, Lily, along with the dog the judge would most like to take home category. Lilly was also second in best sausage catcher. 

    Event organiser, Georgina Angel said: “I would like to thank all the owners and their dogs for taking part in our Dog Show and making it such a success. We are really pleased to be donating £386 to CARE Dog Rescue.”

  • Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden in UK's Best 100 Gardens 2019

    Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is in Garden News Magazine's Best 100 Gardens in the UK for the second year running. The Best 100 Gardens poll, which was voted on by the magazine's readers, also gave Fairhaven third place in the Midlands region (which includes East Anglia).

    Louise Rout, General Manager, Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden said: “We are thrilled to be in Garden News Magazine's Best 100 Gardens again and would like to thank everyone who voted and helped us achieve third place in the Midlands. Our gardening team work so hard to care for the garden and the Best 100 Gardens poll is a wonderful endorsement of their work.“

    The garden is open daily from 10am to 5pm . Free entry to tearoom (opens 9.15am), 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).

Newsletter

© All Things Norfolk 2008 - 2020
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

RT @MuseumBroads: @atnorfolk Toot toot and thanks very much - Open today for#heritageopendays