Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

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Date of travel

November, 2018

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As you enter the Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden there are 2 massive oak trees down by the water, King oak, and just near it Queen oak which will have been there for about 800 hundred years. This garden is open daily, all year round, and even in late autumn when we visited it was interesting walking along the water courses in the garden and seeing the Broads. In the summer you can take a boat from the garden on the private Broad to a nearby ruined abbey, The garden was created in the late 1940’s by Major Henry Broughton, who later became the 2nd Lord Fairhaven, after the area was used in the Second World War as a Home Guard training ground.

There was one Candelabra Primula out even in November, and many hydrangeas still out, and the trees looked lovely in their autumn colours. In the Spring it must be a picture with camellias and rhododendrons from the Himalayas. There were a couple of bird hirds looking out over the water, and we saw many birds feeding in the shallows, the garden is a haven for wildlife as we saw a couple of deer. A lovely tearoom rounds off the walk which can take up to a couple of hours exploring the woodland and wetland pathways which cover about 4 miles, and they provide you with a good map. There are mobility scooters available if you book in advance.


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