Tree trail to be at Thetford’s King’s House Gardens to encourage visitors to hidden gem

A new tree trail is to be launched at King's House gardens in Thetford. Picture from left to right:

A new tree trail is to be launched at King's House gardens in Thetford. Picture from left to right: Adam Chown, King's House gardener; Grace Tod and Elizabeth Wright, Thetford Grammar School students; and Stuart Wright vice-chairman of the GW Staniforth Charity. Picture: GW Staniforth Charity - Credit: Archant

A new tree trail is set to be launched to encourage people to visit and use a garden situated in Thetford town centre.

A new tree trail is to be launched at King's House gardens in Thetford to encourage visitors to the

A new tree trail is to be launched at King's House gardens in Thetford to encourage visitors to the gardens. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

The GW Staniforth Charity owns King's House and its gardens which are open to the public every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

However, many people are not aware of the public access to this hidden gem which offers a quiet oasis in the centre of town.

Trustees are keen to encourage casual visitors to the gardens to appreciate the asset which is full of colourful gardens and benches for people to enjoy the peace and quiet.

A new tree trail is to be launched at King's House gardens in Thetford to encourage visitors to the

A new tree trail is to be launched at King's House gardens in Thetford to encourage visitors to the gardens. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

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With this in mind, the trustees had been keen to provide a tree trail around the gardens.

A new tree trail is to be launched at King's House gardens in Thetford to encourage visitors to the

A new tree trail is to be launched at King's House gardens in Thetford to encourage visitors to the gardens. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

Two Thetford school children have come to the charity's assistance and helped to prepare the trail.

Elizabeth Wright and Grace Tod are both year nine pupils at Thetford Grammar School and have been charged with doing something for their community.

They thought the suggestion of creating a tree trail would allow visitors to enjoy the gardens, as well as being an educational aid for visiting children.

Stuart Wright, vice chairman of the GW Staniforth Charity, said: 'We are very fortunate to have a fine selection of trees in the King's House Gardens and the trustees have talked for some time about providing a tree trail.

'We are pleased the girls have assisted with the project which will add to the enjoyment of those visiting the gardens.

'Our next stage will be to raise some funding for some plaques for the trees to complement the trail leaflet.'

It will be launched on Sunday, June 25 when the site is open as part of the popular Thetford's Open Gardens.

The event, now in its 11th year, will showcase 30 green spaces - 14 of which are new gardens opened to the public for the first time.

Last year's event attracted hundreds of visitors and raised more than £11,000 for St Nicholas Hospice Care, Bury St Edmunds, which will also benefit from money raised this year.

Programmes with details about the gardens are available for £5 from Thetford Garden Centre and Thetford's Great Information Centre.

King's House gardens also play host to the Staniforth Tennis Club and the GW Staniforth Bowls Club.

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