Insect hotel and renovated herb garden - the volunteer conservationists working at South Walsham garden

'Women In Wellies' A new conservation group foe women has been set-up at Fairhaven Gardens, South Wa

'Women In Wellies' A new conservation group foe women has been set-up at Fairhaven Gardens, South Walsham.Sally Baits, Emma Rose, Mary McCambridge, Kirsty Rose, Lydia Sutton and Sue Telford.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A new home for insects and the restoration of a sensory garden are among the projects ticked off by a Broads volunteer conservation group.

'Women In Wellies' A new conservation group foe women has been set-up at Fairhaven Gardens, South Wa

'Women In Wellies' A new conservation group foe women has been set-up at Fairhaven Gardens, South Walsham. Mary McCambridge with her dog Bim.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Over the last few months, Women in Wellies has been, each Friday, tidying, clearing and building its way round Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden.

The group, first launched in February, is now up to eight members and blends learning new skills with protecting the environment.

Sue Telford, events and education co-ordinator at the South Walsham garden, said: 'It's social, it's about conservation and its also about learning new things.

'There's always projects on the go but it's fun - it's not people coming along and breaking their backs to do it. It's good fun and we get things done.'

'Women In Wellies' A new conservation group foe women has been set-up at Fairhaven Gardens, South Wa

'Women In Wellies' A new conservation group foe women has been set-up at Fairhaven Gardens, South Walsham. Sue TelfordPHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher


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So far, the group, which has worked with the Norfolk and Norwich Scope Association (NANSA), has renovated the herb garden, willow enclosure and built a wood chip fungi bin and an insect hotel.

Mrs Telford, of Acle, added: 'The idea is just to get women together and get involved with these projects.

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'It's very sociable, at first these women didn't know each other but now everyone is starting to bond and get to know each other, which is nice to see.'

Volunteers meet from 10am to 1pm on Friday mornings.

The insect hotel created by the Women in Wellies group at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden. Pictu

The insect hotel created by the Women in Wellies group at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Archant

The garden is a mix of native and cultivated plantings, set in a 130-acre ancient woodland which leads to a private broad.

On Saturday, boat trips and guided tours of nearby St Benet's Abbey were launched.

If you are interested in getting involved with Women in Wellies, email bookings@fairhavengarden.co.uk or call 01603 270449.

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