Over 200 opportunities for informal learning

The ECA launched the brochure for their Norfolk Gardens and Green Spaces Festival 2012 on May 2nd at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden in Norfolk. The festival builds on previous work carried out by the Association and provides a wide range of informal learning opportunities for all.

We were welcomed by the Gardens' Activities and Education Coordinator Sue Telford. Sue stressed her view that open spaces are an important part of our life saying "I think it is really important for people to be outdoors and enjoy being in open spaces at any time of the year". ECA Chairman Bernard Godding felt that "This is the perfect venue for our launch" as Fairhaven has a wide range of activities at the garden during the festival.

The Festival was endorsed by members at the Association’s 2011 AGM who welcomed the opportunity to carry out IACL activities which would build on previous work carried out by the Association around environmental sustainability and could connect to the Olympics.

Launching on the worldwide Fascination of Plants Day, the festival will run from the 18th May to 27th July 2012 to coincide with the Olympic Torch Relay period through the UK and to include the Diamond Jubilee celebrations taking place on 2nd to 5th June.

It aims get people out and about, exploring, learning about, exercising and using gardens and green spaces in the county. It will showcase many of the Norfolk’s green assets and ways in which they can be used, particularly as a learning resource. With in excess of 200 activities supported through a range of organisations, the festival has lots of fun and practical activities for all ages and interests, with new activities are being added to the festival on a regular basis. There is a strong element of informal learning around environmental sustainability and conservation running through these activities.

Activities in the festival range from stargazing at a community nature reserve to a Jubilee Tea Dance with dance lessons in a restored Victorian Garden, art workshops and sculpture trails, flower arranging, looking for peregrine falcons nesting at Norwich Cathedral, many guided walks and family activity days focusing on nature and wildlife, talks on garden history, volunteering opportunities in urban and rural green spaces, workshops and courses including wildlife gardening, local wildlife and bushcraft, outdoor theatre, a green festival, a history display, costumed interpretations of medieval life focusing on the secrets of the medieval garden and an array of open gardens.

The festival is being promoted via a festival brochure distributed by a range of agencies and dedicated website (www.olympicgarden.org.uk) to ensure that residents and visitors are aware of the opportunities available.

Click here to read how to launch was reported by the local media.

Date Added: May 3rd 2012