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30 Wild places Gardensfor all


Secret Gardens, How Hill Environmental Study Centre, LudhamC2 Lose yourself in the Secret Gardens, open all the time, with free entry, though donations to the How Hill Trust are very welcome. These water gardens were created by local architect Edward Boardman for the family home at How Hill, which dates from 1904. The gardens are always lovely and secluded, and in early summer there are spectacular displays of azaleas and rhododendrons. Follow signs from the car park, moorings and house (now home to the Environmental Study Centre run by the trust). The formal gardens surrounding the house are sometimes open too – check the signs on the gates. 01692 678555 howhilltrust.org.uk • Don’t miss the tiny Toad Hole Cottage garden and the How Hill Tearoom – see pages 5-7. • For further exploring, walk along the river to St Benet’s Abbey. stbenetsabbey.org


East Ruston Old Vicarage C1 Though no doubt the vicarage had a pleasant garden in its day, by the time the current owners arrived there was no real garden, just rough grass. Since then the garden has been transformed and land added, creating a huge area with gardens of all kinds within it, including rose, woodland, Dutch, Mediterranean and exotic gardens to name just a few. There are also mixed hedgerows, banks, wildfl ower areas and ponds to encourage wildlife. Birds of all kinds visit the garden, including


How Hill seasons


Nearly all these gardens began life as part of country estates, private places enjoyed by a privileged few. Now they can be enjoyed by everyone – and the gardens at How Hill are even free to visit.


kingfi shers and barn owls. 01692 650432 eastrustonoldvicarage.co.uk • There are two tea rooms and a tea garden (serving delicious light lunches too). • For further exploring in this area, indoors and outdoors (with boat trips), try the Museum of the Broads at Stalham. museumofthebroads.org.uk


Hoveton Hall Gardens B2 Enjoy woodland and lakeside walks, an 18th- century icehouse, an early 19th-century glasshouse, walled gardens including the Spider Garden (the spider is in the 1936 wrought-iron gate) and the lovely gardener’s cottage. Visit in May and June for the azaleas and rhododendrons. Frogs, toads,


Explore the Broads at your own pace Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden Join the Broads Society Today


As the “Friends of the Broads” since 1956 we are the only organisation dedicated to the protection of all aspects of the Norfolk & Suffolk Broads.


We offer a fleet of self-drive day launches available to hire by the hour or daily and are suitable for 6-8 persons. Equipped with a fold-down hood to protect you from the sun or rain


Our picnic boats are suitable for all weather conditions and can seat up to 9 people. They are equipped with a two ring burner, full tea making facilities including crockery as well as an onboard toilet


BOOKINGS 01603 783043 www.wroxhamlaunchhire.co.uk Kings Staithe, The Bridge, Hoveton, Wroxham, Norfolk NR12 8DA


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Our members share a common purpose to help secure a sustainable future for the Broads as a unique and protected landscape in which leisure, tourism and the local economy can thrive in harmony with the natural environment. In 2021, with our members’ support, we will continue to actively engage with other organisations and authorities and campaign about many Broads related issues including mooring provision, flood alleviation, dredging, water safety and much more. Please help us to work to protect our area by joining today. With membership from just £16 per year, all members receive a copy of our quarterly 48 page magazine Harnser, filled with articles, pictures and updates about the Broads.


For details please email broads.society@sky.com www.broads-society.org.uk Registered Charity No 1078434


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