Friday, 27 March 2015

Fairhaven Garden Norfolk Broads 40th Anniversary – West Garden Restoration

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, at South Walsham in the Norfolk Broads, opened to the public on 19 April 1975. To mark the 40th anniversary, the garden team has embarked on a project to restore the West Garden.

Former Fairhaven manager and Head Gardener, George Debbage has masterminded the first phase of the project, the restoration of a candelabra primula bed. Work has included stabilising the dyke edge, which has eroded over a number of years due to the incursion of high tides. Planting up of the bed began on Friday 27 March.

George Debbage (seated) with Ian Guest, Fairhaven Head Gardener
George Debbage began working at Fairhaven as a gardener in 1963, when it was owned by the Second Lord Fairhaven. George became manager in 1975 for the charitable trust set up to open the garden to the public after Lord Fairhaven’s death. He retired on 1 January 2007.

George explained: “The bed that I have been restoring was in fact the job that I was given on my first day here, 13 March 1963. It was a freezing cold day and the Head Gardener sent me down into the garden to weed the bed. After a while I realised that I was the only gardener out and about. The rest of them were doing jobs indoors, because it was so cold, and sent the novice into the West Garden to see what he was made of!”

“I am very pleased that Louise has invited me back to help on this project. This was the more formal part of Lord Fairhaven’s woodland garden, closest to South Walsham Hall, where he lived. Visitors in May will start to see the fruits of our work, as the candelabra primulas come into flower.”

Louise Rout, Fairhaven Garden manager said: “We have really valued George’s knowledge and expertise as we begin our West Garden restoration project. Our initial work has been supported by a grant from New Anglia LEP and ongoing funding will come from garden entry gift aid donations. We will gradually restore the area, as funds allow, over the next three to four years.”

Renovated bed Fairhaven West Garden, ready for planting 27 March 2015
Most of the materials for the restoration of the candelabra primula bed have come from the woodland, except for the poles used to shore up the dyke edge. The candelabra primulas have all been propagated in the garden.  A new Hydrangea Walk is also being created in the West Garden to add colour in the summer; all of the hydrangeas for this new bed have been grown locally at Viking Nurseries.

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is at South Walsham, nine miles east of Norwich, signposted off A47 at B1140 junction, t. 01603 270449,

The garden is open daily all year 10am to 5pm (closed Christmas Day and closes 4pm during the winter), also open Wednesdays until 9pm from May to the end of August. Entry is £6.20 adult, £5.70 concessions and £3.65 child (under 5 free). Free entry to tearoom, gift shop and plant sales.

There is wheelchair access throughout the garden, including a Sensory Garden and plus accessible boat trips (additional charge). Visitors requiring special facilities are advised to telephone in advance, mobility scooters available.

Dogs are welcome on leads; small charge to cover poop scoop.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Easter Holiday Events 2015 at Fairhaven Garden, Norfolk Broads

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden in the heart of the Norfolk Broads has a busy programme of events over the Easter holiday. There’s a daily Scavenger Hunt in the garden from March 28 to April 12 and the annual Easter Egg Hunt is on Good Friday, April 3. This is followed by the Forest Night Adventure on April 4 and a special Dawn Chorus boat trip on April 11.

Scavenger Hunt Bonanza, Saturday, March 28 to Sunday, April 12, 10am to 5pm, family event – a fortnight of scavenger hunting in the woods; fit as many tiny objects as you can into a small container. Included in garden entry. 

Easter Egg Hunt, Good Friday, April 3, 11am to 4pm. Family event – hunt for the colourful eggs that will lead you to a chocolate egg prize, plus face painting and Easter crafts for children. Garden entry: £6.20 adult, £5.70 concessions, £3.65 child (under 5 free), £2 extra per child for the Easter Egg trail (every child gets an egg).

Forest Night Adventure, Saturday, April 4, 8pm to 10pm. Experience the magic of the woodland garden at night with Jon Tyler of Wildforwoods; an adventure with astronomy, wildlife and sensory discovery - rounded off with just a touch of night magic. Ticket £8.50 adult, £5.50 child. Age 8+. Booking is essential. Sorry no dogs allowed on this event.

Fairhaven Garden, Norfolk Broads - Dawn Chorus
Dawn Chorus, Saturday, April 11 at 6.30am. This special boat trip round Fairhaven’s private broad will get close to the garden’s wildlife, followed by tea, coffee and croissants in the tearoom. Ticket £10 adult, £5 child. Booking essential.

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is at South Walsham NR13 6DZ, nine miles east of Norwich, signposted off A47 at B1140 junction, t. 01603 270449. 

The garden is open daily all year from 10am to 5pm (closed Christmas Day), and on Wednesdays until 9pm from May to the end of August. Garden entry is £6.20 adult, £5.70 concessions, £3.65 child (under 5 free); free entry to tearoom, gift shop and plant sales. 

There is wheelchair access throughout the garden, including a Sensory Garden and an accessible boat for trips on the broad from April to October (additional charge). Visitors requiring special facilities are advised to telephone in advance, mobility scooters available. 

Dogs are welcome on leads; small charge to cover poop scoop.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Landscape Here and Now Launches Wymondham Arts Centre’s 2015 Season - Norfolk

Landscape Here and Now, featuring the work of five Norfolk artists, Martin Laurance, John Bardell, Sarah Cannell, Tor Falcon and John Midgley is the first exhibition of Wymondham Arts Centre’s 2015 season. The show runs at Becket’s Chapel from Friday, March 20 to Sunday, April 12 and is open daily, Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sunday, 12noon to 5pm, free entry, ​

Sandy Lane Walk - Sarah Cannell
Martin Laurance, who is curating the exhibition, explained the background to the show: “When the idea of curating an exhibition about landscape painting was suggested to me, I immediately knew that I wanted it to be about contemporary approaches, Landscape Here and Now. I chose artists who are all living and working in the region, out in all seasons, getting their boots muddy and immersing themselves in the experience. Although the initial approach through drawing or direct painting has similarities the outcomes are very different.”

“My work is characterised by exploring the inner reality or 'spirit of a place', while Tor Falcon often searches for repeated patterns and shapes. John Bardell walks until a view 'holds him'. The painting is then created from that single strong moment. Sarah Cannell's emotional connection to South Norfolk’s marshes leads her to search out a personal response through the medium of a strong graphic line and highly personal colour. John Midgley, by contrast, often works repeatedly from the same motif, searching for that 'hidden' abstract quality that gives a painting its real worth.”

Sidestrand - John Bardell
“All the work in this exhibition demonstrates that the tradition of landscape painting is still very much alive and well. The British landscape in general and the East Anglian landscape in particular has a deep sense of history, containing both continuity and change that inspires a new generation of contemporary artists.”

Professor Arthur Lucas, Director, Wymondham Arts Centre said: “Martin Laurance is curating a very exciting show to launch our 2015 season. The body of work exhibited by the five artists, all with highly individual approaches, will look superb, revealed in the natural light of the large windows in our medieval chapel.”

Martin Laurance  
Martin Laurance works in a variety of mixed media: oil, acrylic, collage, ink, charcoal, watercolour and gouache, singly or in combinations on paper or canvas. His approach to landscape painting is to convey the spirit and inner reality of a place, going beyond the immediate sensation to something felt and experienced. His paintings are about his experience of being in a particular place. He searches out its uniqueness through drawing and walking, returning to the same places over and over again and building a connection that transcends time and seasons.

John Bardell
John Bardell likes to be ‘out there’, treading the landscape. When a view speaks and says ‘hold me’, he stops to make a number of drawings for the detail and photographs for the colour. He returns with a canvas to draw the prominent features in charcoal and put in the sky. He works up the detail in the studio, revisiting the site three or four times to check mood and accuracy.

Sarah Cannell  
Inspired by the wildness of the South Norfolk marshes, Sarah Cannell creates dynamic, colourful work, which is her interpretation and response to what she feel is ‘her’ landscape.
She loves the process and experimentation that goes hand in hand with painting and has found that over the years, she has incorporated and honed elements to which she is drawn. The black graphic line echoes the shadows cast over the landscape by hedgerows, furrows and trees, helping to create strong compositions, which are also reminiscent of the printmakers’ line.

Tor Falcon
Tor Falcon immerses herself in the landscape so that her pastel drawings can explore, discover and reflect the essential elements of the place that she is in, with it's underlying geology, weather, rhythm, and repeating patterns. The Wymondham Arts Centre show will feature recent work from Norfolk. See Tor’s blog, Diary of a Wild Place to discover more about her approach to the landscape

John Midgley  
John Midgley approaches his oil paintings with a constant searching for Cezanne's 'sensation originale', making his work vital and personal, a quest for the inherent abstract quality of landscape. In recent years, he has looked at how man-made structures, such as roads and bridges, by bisecting and following contours, help to define natural forms within certain landscapes. He usually works from one 'motif' over and over again, putting paintings to one side for a while, until he can return and judge them with hindsight. He then either accepts them as 'feeling right', or re-paints or rejects them.

Wymondham Arts Centre is at Becket’s Chapel, Church Street, Wymondham NR18 0PH  

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Shades of Summer - Norwich Fashion Week at Dipple & Conway 9 March 2015

It's back! The fantastic Norwich Fashion Week Pop Up Photobooth event is at Dipple & Conway Opticians Castle Street, Norwich Monday 9 March, from 5.30pm to 8pm.
Head up the red carpet, enjoy a glass of fizz and get 'papped' in the booth in the latest designer sunglasses from Bulgari, Prada, Ray Ban and more!

Also enter the prize draw on the night for a chance to win a pair of Ray Ban or Prada sunglasses.
Contact Dipple & Conway, t. 01603 626750