A space infused with an old-world eclectic charm – where woodland-walkways greet rustic bridges and a triple-tiered Gothic fountain cascades over time-worn stone, gazing majestically towards an Italianate terrace as it zig-zags skyward.
A peaceful place, a tranquil place – The Plantation Garden – concealed just a few steps from the hurly-burly of the vibrant heart of Norwich.
This rather elaborate introduction doesn’t do justice to such an eccentric haven, but I couldn’t resist waxing lyrical about such a special location.
You can imagine my delight when requested to photograph an important event by Trust Chairman, Roger Connah (pictured above with The Lord Mayor) – the launch of two outcomes from the Trust’s recent Heritage Lottery funded project: the re-opening of the upper walkway above the garden’s east bank (following major works to the boundary wall) and the launch of two children’s activity books, produced through a collaboration initiative with pupils and staff at Avenue Junior School.
The walkway was officially opened by The Lord Mayor of Norwich, Councillor Marion Maxwell and The Sheriff of Norwich, Richard Marks. Assisted by two Ambassadors from Avenue Junior School, The Lord Mayor climbed the lofty heights of the upper walkway, chatting as she went, and couldn’t resist ‘doing aeroplanes’, during her descent – much to the delight of the children nearby, who followed suit.
After speeches, guests and dignitaries enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea on the lawns. Whilst Ambassadors from Avenue Junior School handed out goody bags and badges to guests.
The weather was beautiful and short-sleeves were the order of the day – unless you were The Lord Mayor, who was resplendent in ceremonial robes and a plush tricorn hat, trimmed with black feathers. I did overhear a toddler asking The Lord Mayor, if she lived in a palace, which brought a smile to those nearby.
The Lord Mayor spent the next couple of hours chatting to guests and can be seen below with The Plantation Garden’s youngest volunteer aged 14.