Tuesday, 26 July 2011

New Geocaching Trail at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

Four students from Fairhaven Primary School launched a new geocaching trail at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham on Friday, July 22.

The garden’s self-contained trail features 12 caches. Visitors use their own sat nav enabled smart phone or portable GPS device to complete the trail. They are given a list of co-ordinates for each cache and clues that will help them track down the small containers hidden in the garden. Free trail leaflets are available at visitor reception.

Sue Telford, Events and Education Co-ordinator at Fairhaven, who set up the trail said: “Our geocaching trail is a fun family activity. I have used a lot of puns in the clues and hope that families will enjoy discovering both the garden and the caches together. The first trail will run throughout the summer holidays, then I will devise a new trail for the autumn.”

Francesca Colman, Fairhaven Primary School said: “It was great fun to follow the GPS and then search for the caches.” Harvey Pyer added: “The caches were hard to find. I really liked looking for them and discovering nature at the same time.”

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is at South Walsham, nine miles east of Norwich, signposted off A47 at B1140 junction. The garden, tearoom and shop are open daily all year, 10am to 5pm (closed Christmas Day), open until 9pm on Wednesday and Thursday until the end of August. Garden entry is adult £5.50, concessions £5 and child £3, under fives free. Free entry to tearoom and shop. Tel. 01603 270449, http://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.