Notcutts opens new nature trail at Woodbridge garden centre
PUBLISHED: 09:17 07 August 2019 | UPDATED: 09:17 07 August 2019
Picture: WARREN PAGE/NOTCUTTS GARDEN CENTRES
A new wildlife walk has opened at Nottcuts in Woodbridge for the community to enjoy, using historic woodland inhabited with trees more than a century old.
The nature trail has been created from woodland situated behind the centre and was inspired by Beryl Campbell, the granddaughter of the gardening centre's founder, who used to play there as a child.
The area is home to a range of wildlife including badgers and muntjac deer - and has been restored as a permanent conservation zone for customers to enjoy the wild habitat while the centre is open.
Ms Campbell said: "I am delighted that this project has come to fruition, and it is fantastic to see that the woodland has once again become a great area for all to enjoy."
With information boards to educate visitors, bird and bat boxes to encourage different species and an original Victorian apple store used by Notcutts in the bygone era, the nature trail is more than a just a walk.
Caroline Notcutt, vice chairman of Notcutts Garden Centres said: "Our nature walk gives local people the opportunity to get closer to nature and enjoy the benefits it can bring to health and wellbeing, as well as providing a home for many wildlife species."
Along the pathway visitors will also discover wood sculptures of badgers, squirrels and owls carved in to trees that fell in the Great Storm of 1987.
At its core is a wooden sphere created to represent the continuous cycle of natural life.
Ms Notcutt added: "It is my great pleasure to celebrate the opening of the Notcutts Nature Walk, and to share this special occasion with so many family members who have enjoyed the woodland over the years.
"Notcutts is rooted in wellbeing as my great-grandfather Roger Crompton Notcutt was advised to work outdoors due to ill health, which is how Notcutts started over 120 years ago."
At a special ceremony to mark the occasion, the nature trail was officially opened on July 12 by the Mayor of Woodbridge Eamonn O'Nolan alongside Ms Campbell, Ms Notcutt and various other members of the Notcutt family in the hope the circular half kilometre walkway will become an integral part of the Notcutts experience.