On Sunday 10 June 2016, visitors to Gressenhall were able to get closer to nature, becoming nature detectives and the chance to see what bugs and beasties were lurking thereabouts!
Stuart Burgess, local nature detective, was on hand to explain what likes to live in leaf litter and what the tadpoles, backswimmers and other pond life were up to this springtime.
There was a butterfly and moth enclosure, where you could see the spiders and their web of flies, and the opportunity to make your own spider web.
Children were using sweep nets to explore what makes its home in the long grass of the orchard, with Stuart identifying each and every find.
In the Mini Monsters creepy crawly road-show marquee there was a fascinating selection of mini-beasts, reptiles and invertebrates, where you could find out some interesting facts about the animals before getting the chance to get up close and personal with each species.
Inspired by the natural world, in the Workhouse courtyard, Bob Lever, of White Horse Willow, was displaying his stunning creations of bird and animal sculptures, plant supports, garden ornaments and living willow structures.
Whilst in a marquee nearby, Joshua Hubbard, The Wacky Woodturner, was at work on his lathe demonstrating how he turned odd bits of timber into bowls, mushrooms and dibbers.
In the Chapel there was weaving with Jane Milne, beautiful knitted and crocheted items for sale by Johanne Couldrey, as well as a display by the Norwich Bat Group, with interesting displays about these fascinating creatures.
Down on the Farm, the Suffolk Punch horses were in action giving trailer rides, as well as working on the land.
Meanwhile, in the Farmhouse kitchen, Debby, from Pickled Lilly, was making nettle soup, and explaining to visitors what other delicious things could be found growing wild in gardens and hedgerows.
It was another highly successful day at Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse – well done to all who took part!