Category: Raveningham

Four Norfolk Gardens Set To Embrace Snowdrop Festival

Barthorpe snow drops The National Gardens Scheme is excited to invite members of the public to enjoy its first ever Snowdrop Festival in February 2016. The Festival will see more than one hundred gardens open across England and Wales through the month of February, giving visitors the opportunity to see veritable carpets of beautiful snowdrops and watch spring slowly unfurl from winter. Supported by Visit England, the Snowdrop Festival will kick-off Visit England s Year of the English Garden 2016 campaign.

And you don t have to be a galanthophile to enjoy the Snowdrop Festival. George Plumptre, Chief Executive of The National Gardens Scheme, says: With not very much to do outside at this time of year, a visit to a Snowdrop Festival garden is the perfect way to get some fresh air and really start looking forward to Spring. Whether you want to admire the different varieties of snowdrops or just have a walk in lovely surroundings, visiting a National Gardens Scheme garden in February will be the perfect escape.

Visitors to Snowdrop Festival gardens will also have the benefit of knowing that their entrance fee is supporting wonderful causes; the National Gardens Scheme currently donates over 2.6 million annually to its nursing and caring beneficiary charities, which include Marie Curie and Carers Trust. Horstead House In Norfolk the Festival gets underway with Mathew and Caroline Fleming s magnificent garden at Horstead House in Mill Road, Horstead, NR12 7AU , where there is a walk alongside the river through millions of snowdrops. The garden opens on Saturday February 20th from 11am to 4pm admission is 4 with free entry for children.

Homemade teas available. On Sunday 21st February, on the otherside of the county is Bagthorpe Hall, near East Rudham, PE31 6QY with masses of snowdrops along a scenic walks. Delicious warming soup made from vegetables grown on the estate farm will be available after your winter walk.The gardens are open from 11am to 4pm and admission is 4.00, children free.

On the 3 rd and 6 th March there are over 80 varieties of snowdrops to grab your attention at Chestnut Farm in West Beckham NR25 6NX. Here there will also be plenty of other late winter flowers to admire with some heavenly scented shrubs. Owners John and Judy McNeil Wilson have over 50 years of gardening expertise and are always keen to share their knowledge with visitors.

The gardens are open from 11 to 4pm, admission is 5 with children free. Refreshments will be available. Also on Sunday 6 th March we are delighted that the president of The Royal Horticultural Society, Sir Nicholas Bacon is opening his garden at Raveningham Hall, Raveningham near Norwich NR14 6NS.

There will be plenty of snowdrops on display in this renowned country house garden. The gardens are open from 11 to 4pm, admission is 5 with children free and home-made teas available Details of all NGS gardens opening for the Snowdrop Festival can be found on the NGS website: 1 Founded in 1927, The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) has donated more than 45 million to charity. The NGS gave 2.637 million to its beneficiary charities in 2015 from money raised by opening gardens in England and Wales the previous year.

Charities supported by the National Gardens Scheme include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Carers Trust, The Queen s Nursing Institute and Perennial. Supported by Visit England, the National Gardens Scheme s first Snowdrop Festival will see over one hundred gardens open for snowdrops over the month of February 2016. The 2016 edition of Gardens To Visit (formerly called The Yellow Book ) listing opening details of nearly 3800 gardens, is now available to purchase from the NGS website 2 .

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Nigel Bertram wins Norfolk FWAG Conservation Farming Award …

Nigel Bertram from Kempstone Manor Farm, Litcham, was celebrating last night after being awarded a top conservation Norfolk farming award. Nigel was presented with the Ian MacNicol Memorial Trophy at the annual Norfolk FWAG members evening on November 4th. This coveted award celebrates the very best of conservation farming in Norfolk and is organised by Norfolk FWAG.

The trophy is awarded to the farmer whom the judges consider has made an outstanding contribution to nature within their farm business. The evening was jointly sponsored this year by Birketts and Savills. The generous support of these two major players in the industry has enabled improvements to be made to the award including better quality certificates and metal farm gate plaques for the winner and both runners-up.

Central to the presentation evening was a video which was shot during the judging process. This high quality production by Brian Morris Productions was sponsored this year by Bayer CropScience. The keynote address was given by Jake Fiennes of the Raveningham Estate who shared his experiences of delivering for both shooting interests and conservation.

The trophy was then presented to Nigel Bertram by Charlie MacNicol. The judges for this year s award were: Sir William Cubbitt Hoveton, Chris Coupland Birketts LLP, Richard Wright RG Wright & Sons, Heidi Thompson Norfolk FWAG The judges were impressed by the range of measures which have been adopted at Kempstone Manor Farm, and the extent to which they coexisted happily with an extremely efficient farming enterprise. The protection of the historic environment was particularly outstanding, as were several projects to restore ancient green lanes and drove ways.

Heidi Thompson from Norfolk FWAG said Nigel approaches his nature conservation with the same professionalism and gusto that he applies to growing crops. The wildlife measures extend right across the farm, providing an extensive network of corridors for nature immediately alongside outstanding crops of wheat. The shortlisted finalists for the 2015 award were: Winner: Nigel Bertram Kempstone Manor Farm, Litcham Kempstone Manor Farm is a 277ha holding growing only combinable crops.

The farm is farmed under a management agreement with a neighbouring contractor, Robert Salmon. Great attention is given to soil structure and timeliness of operations using large low-pressure machinery for quick in/out operations especially in the autumn. Yields are high, but in this professionally run operation, space has also been found for wildlife.

The farm is in ELS and HLS with extensive 6 m grass margins, field corners management and arable reversion. The significant archaeological interest on the site has been protected and boundaries hedges and ditches are all well managed. Runner Up -Martin Hammond G.S.

Shropshire & Sons Ltd, West Dereham Shropshires is an intensive salad and vegetable production enterprise of 1200ha on highly organic fen peat. They supply salads; lettuce, salary and Chinese leaf, and onions through G s Fresh to most of the major retailers: Tesco, Sainsbury s, M&S, Waitrose, Asda, Aldi and Lidl. They also supply potatoes to packers for supermarkets and sugarbeet to British Sugar at the nearby Wissington sugarbeet factory.

Wheat and winter been go to Fengrain at March. The farm is in its 10 th year of ELS and is due for renewal next year. ELS features include over 200 miles of managed hedgerows and ditches, 60 ha overwintered stubbles, pollen and nectar mixes and field corner management areas.

They have been members of the LEAF Marque Scheme for many years. The judges were astonished at the extent of hedgerow and ditch infrastructure in every field which in addition to providing habitat for wildlife, is in effect the irrigation system for the salad growing operation and protects against soil wind erosion. Runner up -Joe Mitchell Hall Farm Repps with Bastwick, Great Yarmouth Hall Farm is a 4 th Generation family farm, growing a wide range of crops, wheat, winter and spring barleys, sugar beet, potatoes and vining peas.

They run a herd of 39 suckler cows and 9 ewes. The farm is in its 4 th year of HLS. Farm woodland is subject to a Woodland Management Plan, largely untouched, but used for 3 non-commercial family game shooting days.

There is considerable public participation and education activities on the farm with visits from schoolchildren, local villagers and local clergy.

The judges liked the range of habitats that have been protected and conserved on the farm, from arable margins to wetland creation on marshes and woodland.

Beccles Public Hall Grand Christmas Draw

Draw Tickets, Calendars and Gift Vouchers for sale at the Hall NOW! Beccles Public Hall has launched a Grand Christmas Draw with fabulous prizes to be won in aid of the Hall Restoration Fund. Tickets are 2 from the Hall Box Office and the draw will take place at the Christmas Variety Show on Saturday 19th December.

Some of the prizes include: First: Belle Coaches Mystery Spring Tour for 2 people, dinner plus B&B with excursion plus admission Second: Christmas Hamper from Morrisons, Beccles Third: Tesco HP Deskjet Printer Fourth: Mark Comish Digital Image of Beccles Public Hall Fifth: Raveningham Centre Afghan Rug Plus many more prizes which have all been donated by local companies and individuals to whom the Public Hall team are very grateful to and appreciative of. After the popularity of a calendar depicting Beccles scenes in aid of Hall funds the other year, the Public Hall team have teamed up with Beccles Camera Club to produce another Beccles Calendar for 2016. They cost 4.50, including a sturdy envelope ideal for Christmas presents for all your friends far and wide.

Don t forget Public Hall Gift Vouchers for Christmas presents this year for friends and family. They make ideal gifts for those people you know who like to attend shows, films, dances and other events from the interesting programme of events at the Public Hall. Draw tickets, calendars and gift vouchers can all be purchased from the Box Office which is open from Monday to Saturday, 10am to 3pm.

Why not pop in and see the new foyer layout at the same time?

You will be amazed at all the space now available during production intervals pay us a visit soon and see what s been happening at the Hall!!

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Raveningham Country Fair 5th September 2015

Raveningham Country Fair 2015 Saturday 5th September, 2015.

11.00 23.00 The Raveningham Country Fair is a traditional Threshing Fair that has been running since 1977 and this year we have steam engines, vintage machinery, classic vehicles, craft stalls, working horses, viking re-enactment, birds of prey, clowns, model planes, dance displays, tea tent, beer tent and much more. Live bands play throughout the afternoon and into the night. A great fun day out, 11.00-23.00.

Signposted from the B1136 between Loddon and Haddiscoe. Full details on 1 Admission: Adults 5, under 16 free. All proceeds in aid of local charities.

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Raveningham Gardens Special Agapanthus Weeks

Raveningham Gardens Special Agapanthus Weeks from Monday, July 27 2015 Raveningham Gardens are famous for the large selection of agapanthus cultivars on display. There are special agapanthus weeks this year from Monday, July 27 to Friday, August 7, open 11am to 4pm (closed Saturday, August 1). See white, blue and dark purple flowers with different sizes and contrasting colours included striped blue and white.

The agapanthus varieties are one of Priscilla Bacon s legacies in the garden; she was a keen agapanthus breeder. Also enjoy the herbaceous borders, 18th century walled kitchen garden, Victorian glasshouses, orchard, arboretum, herb garden, contemporary sculptures, 14th century church and views across the lake established at the turn of the Millennium. Tea Room open serving cakes and drinks.

Admission is adults 5, concessions 4.50 and children under 16 free.

The gardens (NR14 6NS) are 10 miles south east of Norwich, signposted off the A146 at Hales, then B1136, tel.

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