*** LATEST NEWS *** We are the champions! North Walsham Conservation Group have won the prestigious CPRE Norfolk Thriving Countryside Award. More details a bit lower down this page...
Our North Walsham area project - made possible by National Lottery players through a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund - runs tasks on Wednesday afternoons.
If you join the group, you will find that a friendly experienced leader provides all the training you need, you can work at your own pace, you can have a chat and a laugh while you work - and there is even a tea-break halfway through. There is a range of different activities, so you can start gently and build up to more challenging tasks if you wish. Anyone over 18 years old can join, whatever your capabilities. You do NOT have to be physically fit to join us! The activities are suitable for people with a range of disabilities and/or learning difficulties.
To get the programme of upcoming tasks, including meeting points and times for free pick-up from the centre of North Walsham, please contact Project Officer Mark Webster on 07843 069 567 or email: email@example.com Or scroll down to the bottom of this page where all our upcoming activities in this area are listed...
Old outdoor working clothes suitable for the weather, and reasonably sturdy shoes or boots if you have them. We provide all the necessary tools and personal protective equipment. Either have lunch first or bring your own. Tea/coffee is provided.
You do not have to book, just turn up, although if you are coming for the first time please feel free to ring the group to confirm where your nearest collection point is. If you want to bring several people please let the group know beforehand.
Wedneday afternoons - work will include helping to restore the old station at Briggate, as well as improving butterfly habitats at Felmingham and Knapton. These main sites are on the Weavers Way and Paston Way, they are owned by Norfolk County Council and form part of the Norfolk Trails network, but we also help out at a wide variety of other sites too, including woodland, heathland and wetlands.
The old station platforms at Briggate
Our volunteers collect their well-deserved award (Photo - Otto Ross-Jolly)
On 19th November we were presented with the Norfolk Thriving Countryside Award by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Judges were looking for a project that demonstrates initiatives designed to protect an integral area of Norfolk countryside long-term; enables that area to be economically viable; offers increased enjoyable access to the countryside; promotes and interprets that landscape’s characteristics and biodiversity; and engages a wide section of the community, broadening participation and widening understanding of the Norfolk countryside. Needless to say we agree that our North Walsham group ticks all those boxes! Many congratulations to our volunteers, and thanks to our funders (HLF) and our many partners.
There was special praise for Damon's signage done in the syle of the old M&GN railway (Photo - Otto Ross-Jolly)
Meanwhile the work goes on this winter, and you too can join our friendly 'award-winning' bunch...
Restoring Honing's station building
After a marvellous effort restoring the old station at Honing we are returning to Norfolk Wildlife Trust's Pigneys Wood for coppicing, improving the rare heathland habitat at Bryant's Heath (a new site for us - many thanks to Felmingham Parish Council for supporting this work), and there's so much going else on too! These activities are open to everyone - see below...
Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund