Project to improve the accessibility of garden attraction in next phase

Fairhaven gardeners John Debbage, Michael Hadji and student Lewis Goldspink at work on phase two of

Fairhaven gardeners John Debbage, Michael Hadji and student Lewis Goldspink at work on phase two of the main bridges path. Picture: Fairhaven Garden - Credit: Fairhaven Garden

A scheme to improve the accessibility of a tourist attraction in South Walsham has reached its second phase.

The gardening team at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden has been fundraising over the past several months to make the attraction even more accessible to visitors.

The aim is to renew 120 metres of path in the west garden of the site, with the first phase completed in May.

However, an additional £7,000 was needed to complete the project, which will see the addition of two passing bays to be used by visitors on mobility scooters and those who make use of wheelchairs.

Now, thanks to Gift Aid donations, collection boxes, a Pound a Plank donation scheme, second hand books sales and a grant from Broadland District Council, the gardeners are cleared to move onto the second phase.

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The scheme will also see benches added in the passing bays to allow visitors to rest and enjoy the tranquil scenery.

Louise Rout, Manager Fairhaven Garden said: 'I would like to thank Broadland District Council for supporting our work in the garden and everyone who has helped the scheme by donating a Pound a Plank and money through our gift aid scheme, collection boxes and second hand book stall.

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'The main bridges path is looking terrific and when it is completed will greatly improve access for all.'

The grant issued by Broadland District Council amassed to £1,800, which came from the council's community fund.

This grant is also being utilised to improve the site's Kingfisher Path, as well as works to the visitor information centre in the garden.

More than £1,300 was also raised through the Pound a Plan donation scheme, which will remain open to help support future projects at the attraction, along with the second hand book shop.

The project has been designed by Fairhaven gardener, John Debbage, who will be implementing it along with colleague Michael Hadji and Easton College student, Lewis Goldspink.

It will feature around 800 planks being used to cover the length of the main bridges path, connecting its six bridges.

The planks are also to be raised, to reduce the risk of it flooding.

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