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Fun, Food, Fens and Folk on the Frith

The LOHP celebrated its 10th anniversary in style and good company with an open afternoon of demonstrations, displays and games exploring the role that the fens used to play in the lives of local people and the impact that changes in farming had on local wildlife and landscape. Our 'birthday bunting' flag competition was judged by Richard Mabey - congratulations to the winners who were: winners were May Seldis (under 8), Beech Tree class from Garboldisham Primary School (8-11), Rachel Brown (12-17) and Sue Lawrence (adult). The day ended with folk music from Two's Company, distictively Norfolk bluegrass from Ben Grizzly and the Looseleaf Drifters and a Ceilidh from the excellent and entertaining Cambridge University Ceilidh Band

Release date: Sunday, September 2, 2012

New Creative Arts Project launched

coppice & pollard Anna C.

In collaboration with the Sainsbury Centre, the LOHPs new creative group will bring together a wide range of creative people to produce work which reflects the wildlife, landscape and social history of this fabulous area. All those interested in visual arts such as painting, drawing, sculpture and photography, through to literary work, poetry, prose and drama, or music, sound and other media are welcome, whether you are a well established artist or just starting to explore your creative potential. Inviting artists will discuss participant’s work throughout the project. Click here for forthcoming events. An exhibition will showcase the work in late 2013.

Release date: Sunday, June 17, 2012

Lapwings give thumbs up to Webbs Fen restoration

Lapwings in the sky

Three pairs of lapwings recently endorsed the newly restored wetland areas of Webbs Fen by deciding to nest there. Breeding numbers of these once-common and lovely birds, with their haunting pee-wit cry and 'tumbling' display, have declined continuously on lowland farmland in the UK since the mid-1980s. Because of this they are now 'red listed' in the UK.  Sadly, we not optimistic about our lapwings' chances. The eggs are very likely to be lost to predation by the very large, local carrion crow population, which has thrived on broadcast pig food on local pig farms.

Release date: Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Garboldisham Primary School bonds with Broomscot Common

Garboldisham Primary School visit Broomscot Common

Garboldisham Primary School bonds with Broomscot Common – and its new rabbits! One of the many successful aspects of our current Heritage Lottery programme has been the opportunity that it has given for the children of Garboldisham to extend their creative learning programme onto their local common. Enthusiastic teachers, governors, volunteers and children have all contributed to measuring, recording, experimenting with, and just plain enjoying, their new outdoor classroom. Head teacher Alice Hemmings said this helped the school attain it recent 'outstanding' OFSTED inspection report.

Release date: Monday, January 16, 2012

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