Meet our Champion for Wild Norfolk
Senior Education Officer for Norfolk Wildlife Trust
How long have you lived in Norfolk? If not born here, what brought you here?
Norfolk is home. After university I moved around the county quite a bit. I lived in five counties in four years. All were lovely places, Durham, Derbyshire, Kent… but I always knew and wanted to come back home. I moved back nearly 5 years ago to work for the Trust.
Describe a perfect weekend in Norfolk?
Describing ‘a’ perfect weekend is tricky but there are a few things which define a weekend for me. It would have to start with the Park Run at Holkham. It’s the perfect location; love driving in the mornings and seeing the deer, hearing the geese, it’s the perfect location for a run. On Sunday, a coffee at The Hoste, in Burnham Market, followed by a long, beach walk which includes either Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Cley or Holme Dunes nature reserves and a pub lunch.
Imagine you are speaking to someone who has never been to Norfolk. How would you sum up Norfolk in one sentence?
A place of its own…endless skies over some of the country’s most iconic landscapes: the Brecks, the Broads and the North Norfolk Coast and crowned with a beautiful city in the centre.
Norfolk is brimming with footpaths and cycle ways. Do you have a favourite? If so, where and why?
Over the last few years, I’ve recently started long distance walking. My friend and I are trying to circumnavigate Norfolk. So far we have completed the North Norfolk Coast Path, Weavers’ and Peddars Way. We still need to complete the Angles Way but my favourite to date is probably the Peddars Way.
What’s your favourite event on the Norfolk calendar, and why?
Within my role at the Trust, I have attended many family events over the years. The events I always try to attend are the Spring Fling, Norfolk Show and the Maritime Festival but my favourite is probably Apple Day at Gressenhall Museum in October. The event links wildlife, traditional farming and craft. I’m a traditionalist at heart so this event especially appeals to me.
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