Colleagues and friends of Sally Randell, joint tearoom manager at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham, marked her 25 years at the garden with a surprise party and a gift of new garden bench.
Sally who started work at the garden making sandwiches and serving tea and cake in a multi purpose building that was also the shop and ticket office, has seen the garden develop into an award-winning visitor attraction and now manages the new ‘green’ tearoom, which opened in 2008.
“I love working at Fairhaven,” said Sally Randell. “The garden is beautiful and the people I work with are like one big extended family. The number of staff has grown over the years, but we have still maintained the family feeling.”
George Debbage, former Fairhaven Garden manager who employed Sally in 1987 said: “I had known Sally for years and was looking for someone to give my wife Beryl a break. She agreed to help out on a few occasions, then as the garden grew in popularity became a regular and valued member of the tearoom team.”
Louise Rout, Fairhaven Garden manager added: “Sally is a fantastic person to work with. She is always positive and has a wonderful sense of humour. Sally has been a vital support as we have steadily increased events and activity at the garden to develop it into a year-round attraction.”