For inspiration, go and take a walk out in nature, or at Cary’s Meadow. You can find resources on the biodiversity you might find in the Norfolk landscape alongside the Fairy Doors trail map, by artist Joe Fear – on www.wondernatural.co.uk.
Download the map at: The Fairy Doors Trail – Natural Wonder (wondernatural.co.uk) or scan the QR code at the gates when you enter the meadow.
The illustrated map, created by Norfolk illustrator Joe Fear was commissioned by Natural Wonder and features some of the wildlife, flora and fauna you can find on the meadow. The map has been made into an interactive gallery for the children’s stories and poems, with web design from Norwich based business Elementary Creative.
Broads Authority, Education Officer, Nick Sanderson, said of the project:
“Norfolk is home to a quarter of the UK’s rarest species of plants and animals and is a real hot bed of biodiversity.
“It’s role in ecological education is world class, so it’s great to help people learn about its natural history and heritage through getting outdoors and also learning through literature, creativity and having fun.”
Roberta Wood, Norwich Men’s Shed Coordinator, said:
“Social distancing has really changed the way members access the workshops at Norwich Men’s Shed – physical making is key to our offer, but Covid regulations make any group projects difficult.
“Making the fairy doors provided the opportunity for members to be part of a community project while working individually and safely. Our members really engaged with this project and created a fantastic collection of fairy doors that reflect the skills and interests of our varied membership.”
As part of Natural Wonder Ruthie is writing a series of poems inspiring connection to the natural world inspired by the landscape of Norfolk, while running educational activities and practical actions to help conserve and increase access to nature in the community, funded by Arts Council England. The free trail runs until summer 2022, alongside a programme of Fairy Doors events and writing by children from all over Norfolk who have loved writing and learning about nature as part of this project.