Wednesday, 07 March 2018 00:00

Fairhaven Garden's Ancient King Oak's Crown Gets a Trim

Written by  Paul Dickson
Rate this item
(2 votes)
Fairhaven Garden's Ancient King Oak's Crown Gets a Trim

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.”

”We had planned to do some tree surgery last autumn, but a hornet's nest prevented the work. So it has been good to get back up the tree and carefully remove some of the reactive growth that has appeared following the reduction in the size of the crown four years ago. The tree is strong and healthy, but by thinning out the four year-old growth, it will allow more air and light into the crown and encourage new shoots and a successful growing season. We have also been thinning out branches that are rubbing against each other, so we can prevent fungal infections in the wounds.” 

Visitors can still get close to the King Oak and its neighbour, another ancient pollard know as the Queen Oak, and marvel at the trees' longevity.

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is at South Walsham, signposted off A47, half way between Norwich and Great Yarmouth at B1140 junction, t. 01603 270449, www.fairhavengarden.co.uk

The garden is open daily all 10am to 5pm . Garden entry is adults £6.85, concessions £6.60 and children £3.95 ( Fairhaven members and under 5 free). Free entry to tearoom, gift shop and plant sales.

There is wheelchair access throughout the garden, including a Sensory Garden and boat trips (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.

Matt_Jordan_King_Oak3_March_18.jpg

Last modified on Sunday, 13 January 2019 15:29

Visit the following businesses

cache/resized/28b759c4e3f5a8d7eb4c9624b711f5ef.jpg
Chris Crowther Author and Writer
Chris Crowther spent 42 years of his working life flying aeroplanes and helicopters in various parts of the world, mainly West Africa as Chief Pilot of a helicopter operation, and where his first books were written. After hanging up his flying ...
Explore
cache/resized/f4826dc29981af0361d53d3eb9a5f1db.jpg
The Globe Trotter Bars
The Globe Trotter Bars offers affordable and professional bar hire around the Norfolk and Suffolk area. With years of experience both Seven and Amy are passionate about the hospitality industry and love to be involved in everyones special ...
Explore
cache/resized/2e6db33d5cbfadd700626018e3b64528.jpg
Broadland Aerials Ltd
Broadland Aerials have been serving Norwich and the surrounding area for almost 20 years. We have built up a great reputation for value and excellent customer service. We are proud to be long standing members of Norfolk Trusted Trader. This is an ...
Explore
cache/resized/b53488989795021c6073150f370b288f.jpg
Snellings
With over 60 years electrical industry experience, Snellings has been serving the local community with TV, Audio and Kitchen Appliances. Offering outstanding customer service, our team at Snellings will guide you through the various options, taking ...
Explore
cache/resized/0858c7e70bb6ceeb83ad4819fcd99f82.jpg
Norfolk Yacht Agency
Norfolk Yacht Agency sell new and used boats and is the region’s largest dedicated boat sales centre. Here at Norfolk Yacht Agency, we are leading agents for new boat sales in Norfolk, and we are suppliers of the highly recommended range of ...
Explore
cache/resized/02e1d37a748c6932956e1bdfc03ce473.jpg
John Driscoll Norfolk Toastmaster & MC
Whatever YOUR function, however big or small hiring my services means YOU can relax and have more time to really enjoy YOUR special occasion with family and friends. I pride myself on being flexible with style, whether informal or ...
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 @UniofOxford: We’re working hard to develop a vaccine against #Covid-19. Today we’re recruiting individuals to take part in clinical tri…