Monday, 19 July 2010

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden Eleventh Annual Green Festival


Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham is staging its 11th annual Green Festival on Sunday, August 1, 10am to 5pm. An action-packed day of entertainment and fun environmental activities is on offer in this beautiful Broadland garden. Admission is adult £5, concessions £4.50 and child £2.50 (under three free). Photograph: The He Hews at last year’s Green Festival.

Green Festival visitors will go on a woodland trail and will meet the 950 year-old King Oak, many other ancient oaks and beeches and the spectacular giant gunnera plants. Fairhaven gardeners will be demonstrating traditional Broads management practices like dyke clearing and leaf soil turning.

Other activities include bird watching with the RSPB, Norfolk Wildlife Trust woodland games, Razz the Clown, Stevie Spud’s circus school, music from The He Hews, The Pedant’s Revolt Morris Dancers, The Green Man Storyteller, making Green Man masks, face painting, canoe hire and have a go archery with The Canoe Man (additional charge), Garden Organic, Norwich Bat Group, Wing and a Prayer bird rescue sanctuary, master composting demonstrations and a wide range of craft stalls featuring Norfolk produce and handmade goods.

Boat trips on the Fairhaven Private Broad and South Walsham Broad on the ‘Primrose’ will be available all day (additional charge).

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is at South Walsham, nine miles east of Norwich, signposted off A47 at B1140 junction, tel. 01603 270449/270683, www.fairhavengarden.co.uk.

There is wheelchair access to most of the garden, including the Sensory Garden. Visitors requiring special facilities are advised to telephone in advance. Mobility scooters available. Dogs are welcome on leads; small charge to cover poop scoop.

The garden is open daily all year, 10am to 5pm (closed Christmas Day), also open until 9pm on Wednesday and Thursday until the end of August. There is a tearoom, gift shop and plant sales.

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is organic, only garden leaf soil, farmyard manure and the product of the annual dyke clearance are used as fertilisers. There are 30 species of tree, and more than 95 species of bird, 11 species of butterfly and six species of dragonfly have been recorded. The garden was created by the Second Lord Fairhaven from 1947 until his death in 1973. A charitable trust was then set up to care for the garden, and open it to visitors.