Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Fairhaven Garden Volunteer Days – get hands-on at half-term

Volunteers of all ages are invited to help the gardening team at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham on Tuesday, February 22 from 9.30am to 12noon and Thursday, February 24 from 10.30am to 3.30pm.
Tasks are helping out with the annual leaf gathering exercise and making leaf soil – nature’s compost, as well as potting plants.

The garden’s leaf fall is collected during the winter and moved into large holding bays where the leaves gradually decompose into leaf soil. This potent natural product, along with farmyard manure, is the only fertiliser used in the garden. Bags of leaf soil are also sold in Fairhaven’s plant sales area.

Volunteers are asked to phone the garden on 01603 270449 or email to confirm their attendance and help with planning for the days.

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is at South Walsham, nine miles east of Norwich, signposted off A47 at B1140 junction, tel. 01603 270449, The garden is open daily all year, 10am to 5pm (closed Christmas Day). The garden is open until 9pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays from May to the end of August.

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.

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.