TAKING A LEAF OUT OF HISTORY
A traditional orchard inspired by records dating back to 1290 has been
created at Kelling Heath Holiday Park at Weybourne. The orchard consisting of 30
trees of 10 varieties of Norfolk apple and pear was opened on Tuesday 21st March by top
British landscape gardener Peter Eustance (Symphonic Gardens) - the man behind the
renovation of Sir Isaac Newton's garden and orchard in Lincolnshire, and teacher Judy Tree
with three of her pupils from Colby Primary School.
The orchard is the brainchild of Jason Kidman, Kelling Heath's countryside manager and
tree expert who worked closely with the East of England Apples and Orchard Project.
Jason researched the most appropriate Norfolk apple varieties, and took inspiration from
medieval records to develop the layout and location of the new orchard.
"Traditional orchards do have a real historical connection with Norfolk, they were
mentioned in the Doomsday Book and records show that annual rents in Norfolk were often
paid in apples and cider." Said Jason. "I have always wanted to plant an
orchard at Kelling Heath - an apple didn't fall on my head exactly but the perfect spot
did suddenly come to me and who better than Peter Eustance, who toiled in 'Newton's
Cottage' garden, the historical birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton, to plant the last tree.
Peter has also spearheaded the renovation of a similar orchard in the grounds of
Grimsthorpe Castle near Bourne in Lincolnshire, and is full of praise for the orchard at
Kelling Heath, "A good design layout and structure is very important and will create
focal points and features, textures and patterns - it will be stimulating, absorbing and
restful, and of course a real haven for wildlife. I look forward to revisiting in
the future as the fruit ripens. Design is always important to me but like to explore
the more profound details and I love the tranquillity of this space. The Kelling
Heath countryside team have created something unique and historic - a fantastic orchard,
in a beautiful setting that I am sure future generations will enjoy."
Michael Timewell, Marketing Director of Blue Sky Leisure believes the orchard will enhance
the visitor experience. "It was our intention to create a living piece of
history, a haven for wildlife and somewhere pieceful for visitors to sit and enjoy the
beauty of the Norfolk countryside. Of course in a few years time they will also be
able to pick their own apples and pears.
"The introduction of the Orchard introduces a further rare habitat amidst the already
unique setting we enjoy at Kelling Heath, it fits well with our ethos of maintaining this
natural location for future generations to enjoy." said Mr Timewell.
For Mrs Tree and the pupils of Colby Primary School, the Kelling Heath Orchard is
particular special since a Colby School Apple tree has been planted in honour of the
W.I. MEMBERS SPONSORED
W.I members sponsored swim for Children's Hospice. The sponsored
swim in aid of the EACH Children's Hospice at Quidenham by a team of five members of
Sheringham Evening W.I. took place at Splash on Thursday 16th March. Each member
swam 40 lengths - a total of 5,000 metres - in a total time of 3 hours 3 mins.
Over £28 was collected from other users of the Leisure Centre on the morning, in addition
to donations and sponsorship from W I members, families and friends. Sheringham
Evening W.I would like to thank the Splash for all their help, and for allowing us to use
the pool for this very worthy cause.