Monday, 5 March 2012

Get hand-on in the Broads - Fairhaven Garden volunteer day

Volunteers of all ages are invited to help the gardening team at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham, Norfolk, on Saturday, March 10, from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

Tasks are helping out with the annual leaf gathering exercise and planting willow to create a willow sculpture that will eventually form part of an outdoor classroom.

The garden’s annual leaf fall is collected 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 to confirm their attendance and help with planning the day. Soup and a roll is provided for lunch and volunteers are asked to bring their own gloves.

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is at South Walsham, nine miles east of Norwich, signposted off A47 at B1140 junction, www.fairhavengarden.co.uk. 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 throughout 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, winner of Best Broads Holiday Experience and Best Visitor attraction under 50,000 visitors) EDP Tourism in Norfolk Awards 2011.