Councillor Margaret Stone, Chairman Norfolk County Council and Councillor Judy Leggett, Chairman Broadland District Council and children from Fairhaven Primary School visited Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden at South Walsham on Friday, April 5, to plant a new bed of primula denticulata, the drumstick primula, to mark English Tourism Week.

Louise Rout, Manager, Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden said: “The new primulas border will enhance our wonderful collection of primulas, which are at their best during the second of May. I would like to thank the Chairman of Norfolk County Council and the Chairman of Broadland District Council, along with the children from Fairhaven Primary School for helping us celebrate English Tourism Week. The new primula border will enhance our wonderful collection of primulas, which are at their best during the second of May.

Some of the famous North Norfolk Bagot goats have headed south to continue their valuable conservation and habitat-management work. 

The 15 billies have been sent on a long-term loan to heathland near Thetford, on land looked after by Norfolk Wildlife Trust. 

The loan follows the sale of a group of billies to Suffolk Wildlife Trust last year.

Cllr Sarah Butikofer, Leader of North Norfolk District Council, said: “We’re delighted that the wildlife trusts see the same potential benefits as we do.

The goats are a cost-effective way of managing vegetation and vulnerable habitats, and they act as a draw for tourists, too.”

 

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Norfolk Bluebell Wood Burial Park’s floral oasis has attracted admiring families from across the country since it opened almost three years ago.

Now that number is set to soar further following a significant investment, part-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. A state-of-the-art, environment-sensitive ceremonial hall has been built on the 18-acre parkland development, just off the A140 at Hainford.

The eight-sided Cedar Hall, which can seat 120 people with standing room for another 80, has been built according to the strict code of sustainability principles that have governed the 10-year-old burial park vision. Norfolk Bluebell Wood Burial Park, which has the motto “At One With Nature”, aims to be carbon neutral within the next 18 months.

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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!

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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.

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.
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.
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.

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