Each summer since 2011 Waveney & Blyth Arts has organised a programme of events that celebrate the special character of this area through a variety of creative media to encourage visitors and local people to experience their surroundings more vividly, and discover what makes it unique.
We are grateful to Geoffrey Watling Charity and Halesworth & Blyth Valley Partnership for support of this summer’s programme, and to Norfolk County Council for their support of the Sensing Nature Ensemble of visually impaired musicians.
In celebration of the insects that share our planet, and that pollinate our orchards, and the flowers that have disappeared, during 2019 Bugs & Blossoms will be our theme for a summer of walks and workshops, art and culture and a call for everyone to take note of the little things.
Buglife tells us:
Insects are fundamental to life on this planet – they basically run the show. But we are decimating their populations and everything that relies on them will follow – crops that are pollinated, birds that raise their young on an insect diet.
- 8 out of 10 wildflowers depend on insect pollination;
- One in three mouthfuls of food depend on pollination;
- Bugs break down and recycle waste, help to clean our fresh water and eat rotting fruit;
- No bugs – no songbirds, no badgers, no frogs, no otters, no freshwater fish.
Plantlife tells us:
Protect the last surviving 3% of meadows via increased legal protection and a national inventory to sit alongside our Ancient Woodland Inventory.
Restore 120,000 hectares of species-rich grassland by 2043 and use of natural seeding techniques to ensure local character.
Love our meadows by supporting local action and celebrating their heritage.
Our aim is for as many people as possible to enjoy these events so prices are kept as low as possible with under 18s having free access to most events. To enable wheelchair users and other people with special access needs to take part we have a Williams Tour Guide system available at all walks and workshops (for people with some hearing loss and hearing-aid users), a British Sign Language version of the Curator’s tour around the Sculpture Trail, trained guides to assist people with sight loss and wheelchair access wherever we can.
If you have any queries concerning access and facilities contact [email protected] or call 07415 168806 for more information.