Tricentenary Celebrations

This section is continually being updated by our dedicated team of organisers and researchers. Please keep a watchful eye on our salient calendar celebration dates.

Robert Marsham Historical Exhibition:

On display in Stratton Strawless Church (postcode NR10 5LN for Sat Nav travel directions) near Hainford, Norwich, Norfolk from February, 2008.

Science Week:

March, 2008. Details and programme events will be updated soon.

Official Tricentenary Celebration Opening:

Saturday 19th April 2008 at 11.30 a.m. in St. Margarets Church, Stratton Strawless, NR10 5LN, the Robert Marsham Tricentenary Exhibition will be officially opened by Julie Reinger, Look East Weather Presenter, and a short talk by Dr. Tim Sparks, CEH, to launch his book on the Life of Robert Marsham. Open to all. Refreshments available.

Bluebell Days in Stratton Strawless

Our beautiful Bluebell Woods at Brook House, Hainford Road, Stratton Strawless are once again open to the Public on the following dates:-

Saturday 26th/Sunday 27th April 2008 – 2 pm – 5 pm

Saturday 3rd/Sunday 4th May 2 pm – 5 pm

Monday 5th May 12 noon – 5 pm

Saturday 10th/Sunday 11th May 2 pm – 5 pm

Admission £2.50 Children Free

Home-made teas and produce available, stalls for Plants, Bric-a-Brac and a local Art Exhibition. All proceeds towards the upkeep of St. Margarets Church.

Come for a stroll through the woods or even combine it with a visit to St. Margarets Church for the Robert Marsham Exhibition, just a short walk down the road.

Norfolk and Norwich Naturalist Society

Saturday 7th June 2008 – An All-Day Meeting of the Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists Society at St. Margarets Church, Stratton Strawless, NR10 5LN. A series of talks and discussions on subjects associated with phenology, with Dr. Tim Sparks, CEH. Open to Non-members. Price for the whole day £8, including lunch, coffee, tea etc. For further information and tickets, ring 01603 279235.

Country Garden Lunch 22nd June 2008

At 1.00 p.m. at “Powells”, Stratton Strawless, NR10 5LN, a commemorative Country Garden Lunch in a lovely house and garden, as seen on TV and featured in Country Life Magazine.

Tickets £10, to order, ring Toz Waddingham on 01603 279235. (limited numbers)

After lunch there will be an optional walk to the Great Cedar Tree, planted by Robert Marsham in 1747.

There is also a candlelit Evensong at 6.00 pm in St. Margarets Church.

Sunday 27th July 2008 “Mad About Trees” A talk by Dr. Tim Sparks

At 2.00 pm in St. Margarets Church, Stratton Strawless, NR10 5LN, a talk by Dr. Tim Sparks, CEH on the life of Robert Marsham – “Mad About Trees”.

Plus an optional walk to view the Giant Cedar planted by Robert Marsham in 1747, which now looms 102 feet high. Entry £5, including tea and cakes. Tickets and more information from Toz Waddingham on 01603 279235.

Tree Festival

23rd – 26th August 2008, More details to follow shortly

Wednesday 22 October 2008 Linnean Society meeting in London

A meeting on long term data sets in commemoration of Robert Marsham is being organised. More details on
The Norfolk Wildlife Trust is promoting phenological recording in spring 2008, more details to follow