Guided walk through Norwich’s natural asset

Friends of West Earlham Woods and pupils from West Earlham Infant School celebrate it becoming a loc

Friends of West Earlham Woods and pupils from West Earlham Infant School celebrate it becoming a local nature reserve. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

A guided tree identification walk through the West Earlham Woods in Norwich is taking place on Saturday.

Noel Debbage (centre) of the Friends of the West Earlham Woods directs a clean up initiative at the

Noel Debbage (centre) of the Friends of the West Earlham Woods directs a clean up initiative at the woods. Picture: Andrew Stone - Credit: Archant

The aim of the walk is to identify and learn about the trees found in the area. Friends of West Earlham Woods treasurer Noel Debbage said the walk was free and open to all. 'The woods were recently designated as Norwich's ninth locally managed nature reserve,' he said. 'We managed to get a grant from (retailer) One Stop which has allowed us to hold this event.'

He said the walk would be led by Matt Davies from the Norwich Fringe Project. 'Our plan is to meet at 2pm at the West Earlham Community Centre, go on the walk and return to the centre by 4pm, where will enjoy some light refreshements and hold a follow up talk.' Calling the woods a 'huge natural assest', Mr Debbage said they needed to be protected. 'It's a wonderful place, yet many people walk through it without realising what we have.'

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