This weeks photograph was taken by Dennis Hales.
Yesterday several club members were given a guided tour of Worstead Farms by the owner Mr. Bruce Paterson. This was an excellent opportunity to see parts of Norfolk that have been hidden from public view for many years.
The farm covers a 2000 acre estate set between Nth Walsham, Stalham, Hoveton & Aylsham with a very diverse agricultural landscape. Bruce with his two brothers are looking to diversify their income & interests about the estate to generate more enjoyment & income from the farm and wider estate. In the last 3 years they have invested in Wind & Solar Energy, Wagyu & Angus beef herds, equestrian activities, upgrading their environmental areas to the Higher Tier Scheme, expanded their property portfolio, made connections with local makers & suppliers and recently gained planning permission to venture into the wedding industry. Their own backgrounds are quite diverse , with their interests & education held in the farming, residential, tourism, hospitality & environmental industries.
Now going through a rejuvenation, they aim to restore past architecture, build new enterprises & protect the surrounding landscape for all to enjoy. The clock tower has recently been removed from the stables due to the poor condition of supporting timbers. As the tower weighs about 3 ton it was felt safer to remove it and keep it in good condition rather than let it collapse and get destroyed for ever. It is hoped to get the building restored and the tower reinstated.
The walk around the estate revealed a truly hidden gem with architecture from the the Georgian era with a landscape designed by Repton. I look forward to being able to investigate and photograph around the estate and all it has to offer , from the livestock & wildlife, to the woodland & architecture it really is a lost estate from the Georgian era.
The main lake covers an area of approximately 11 acres and was hand dug out and lined with clay when made!