I am very excited to get started on lots of new things and to meet and work with new people this year. Last month, Maddy, our Education Officer and I, had been out to meet with Mid Norfolk Conservation Volunteers, who we hope to work alongside to improve biodiversity on Marriott’s Way. We went and helped out with some coppicing at Foxley Wood and it was great to learn a new skill and to meet such a dedicated group of volunteers. We were also invited to their Christmas party and joined them on a lovely walk around North Elmham, after which we were spoilt with great food and gifts. To top off the day we took part in some Ceilidh dancing whilst a live band played. I’m really looking forward to working with and learning from this group over the next few months.
Maddy and I have also been out again with the Framingham Earl nurture group. We were out on Marriott’s Way at the old Hellesdon platform, collecting materials to make bird feeder wreaths that the group could put in their gardens at home. After collecting the materials, like ivy, holly and cones, we constructed them in the nearby Marlpit Community Centre where we could warm up with biscuits and hot chocolate.
We have also been out at the Aylsham end of Marriott’s Way this month with The Eagles nurture group from Aylsham High School. After a brief introduction to the project, we had asked the group to write or draw ideas of what they would like to see on the Marriott’s Way and to create a plan for possible improvements we could do together. We took a walk along the trail from the entrance of Marriott’s Way next to Tesco up to the play area near Mileham Drive. There were lots of great ideas bounced around including insect hotels, benches and more litter bins. This will be a great project for the kids to make their own and I’m really looking forward to working with this group more over the next few months. It will be really great to see some of the group’s ideas being made into a reality and something for the users of the Marriott’s Way in Aylsham to keep an eye out for!
This week, I have also been out with the Norwich Fringe Project at the Aylsham end of Marriott’s Way. Matt and the team were there doing some surface improvements and hedge laying the previous Thursday and the team have been out again this week with Paula. We were there completing the hedge laying to lower the tree line and to improve visibility of the entrance to Marriott’s Way. There was some brush cutting and hedge trimming carried out to hold back some of the scrub at each of the gates. We also created great habitat piles with some of the leftover brash. We were kindly treated to coffee and doughnuts by Paula and overall it was a sunny and successful day!
By Ella Meecham – Marriott’s Way Heritage Trail Infrastructure Trainee