One of Norfolk’s best-loved public gardens is to have a new floral display to light up the late winter months.

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An early morning cloak of mist lifted just in time yesterday for the public to help the gardening team at South Walsham’s Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden launch the new Fairhaven primrose collection.

Volunteers were on hand to help plant 1,000 seedlings, specially bred by primrose expert Howard Lupton who runs a nursery at nearby Great Plumstead.

The new variety, ranging in colour from white to lilac and purple, will flower in February and March, providing a welcome burst of colour in the garden, which is famed for its candelabra primula display in May.

Lord Fairhaven, who joined the volunteers, said: “The Fairhaven Collection primrose is an important part of our plans to continue developing the garden, adding colour in winter.

“We are pleased to be able to also offer them for sale, so that visitors can enjoy this new primrose at home and at the same time support The Lymphoma Association which will receive 10pc of sales proceeds.”

Manager Louise Rout said: “We are concentrating the planting on banks along the entrance way.

“Our head gardener Ian Guest also plans to use the primroses to continue developing our winter garden.”

Mr Guest said the primroses would provide a splendid link between winter and spring.

Marguerite Russell, chairman of the local branch of the Lymphoma Association, praised the garden’s commitment to the charity which provides support to people diagnosed with the disease. She said it remained a cancer little understood by the public.

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