Gardening Festival | 19 May 2018

Welcome to the first Gardening Festival in North Lodge Park.  There will be some great festival stalls with experienced gardeners about, we’ve got some great activities for all.

Working with Cromer in Bloom and the Cromer Garden Society we’ll have a special show garden in the park highlighting the plants that grow well in Cromer, with experts on hand to talk you through the plants.

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Overstrand Garden Centre

Overstrand Garden Centre is based just ‘up the road’ from the Park; in their centre you’ll find a stunning range of plants and trees for every type of garden, alongside a fabulous range of innovative garden ornaments, solar lighting and exclusive furniture to give your outdoor space that ‘wow’ factor. they also stock a beautiful range of presents to suit every occasion and a full range of pet and wildlife supplies will ensure your furry friends are happy too.

At the festival Sam and his team will be ……

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Panache Plants

Panache is all about the plants. The nursery was started from their personal plant collections and the team at Panache love collecting and propagating plants.   Their full range is constantly changing as they find new interesting plants to get obsessed about. Their larger collections include ornamental gingers such as hedychiums and roscoeas. They also grow exotic canna lilies, bananas, bromeliads and arid plants such as aeoniums, echeverias, stone plants and cacti; and a wide range of herbaceous plants including salvias, dahlias, asters, chrysanthemums, crocosmia and gauras; and a large collection of carnivorous plants including venus flytraps, sundews and pitcher plants.

At the festival Panache Plants will be ….

Wonder Worm

Master Composters

Norfolk Master Composters started in November 2006. The main aim of the programme is to raise awareness amongst the wider public of the benefits of composting, through a network of volunteer advisors.

Since its inception, 246 trained volunteers have spent over 8,500 hours promoting home composting in the county.

The Norfolk programme operates as a partnership between Garden Organic and Norfolk County Council.
Master Composters are volunteers who encourage people in their local community to start composting at home, and offer support to people who are already home composting and may be having difficulties or need encouragement.

There are Master Composters of every age group and they come from a wide variety of backgrounds. This contributes to the effectiveness of the scheme – Master Composters can reach parts of communities that other compost promoting activities cannot.

Edgefield Nursery

Edgefield Nursery

One of the main plant suppliers to the Park Volunteers, Edgefield will be providing a large range of plants to the festival.

Edgefield will supply a range of plants for you available at special festival prices.

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Ben Burgess

Domestic Garden Equipment

We are really pleased to welcome the Ben Burgess team to the festival. As one of the leading garden equipment suppliers in the area they will be showcasing some of the latest garden equipment at the festival, with experts on hand to answer your questions.

plant swap in cromer


Got too many Dahlias and want some Delphinium? Fancy swapping a couple of Asters for some Antirrhinum? We’ve got the very place to come. Bring your extras and take away someone elses!

Run by Cromer in Bloom, Cromer Garden Society and the Friends of North Lodge Park.

plant tombola


It wouldn’t be a festival without a tombola.  This one will be full of prize plants for the garden.

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Emily Readett-Bayley

Stylish British Eco Design since 1990

now working to link Indonesian craftsmanship with rainforest regeneration

Emily Readett-Bayley works directly with highly skilled craft co-operatives in Indonesia creating her own unique range of furniture, baskets and home accessories. Best known as the creator of the original POSH Graffiti wooden lettering in Bali and furniture made from salvaged antique teak, Emily has recently started to research how traditional crafts might generate vital revenue for marginalised forest communities and in doing so preserve their heritage and protect the rainforest.

At the festival Emily will have her range of strong baskets and other products helping sustain the communities in Bali.

NLP Volunteers

North Lodge Park Plants

The volunteer gardeners from North Lodge Park will be selling a range of plants at very attractive prices.

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The Massage Hut

The Massage Hut is a unique and tranquil massage therapy studio based in a peaceful clearing in the grounds of The Grove hotel in Cromer, on the stunning North Norfolk coast.

A team of Massage Training Institute therapists who provide holistic massage treatments to hotel guests and visitors 7 days a week. The treatment is tailored to your individual need, whether that is to reduce stress and tension, relieve aches and pains or just give you time to relax and recentre yourself.

At the festival The Massage Hut will  offer seated holistic massage on the stand, to promote The Massage Hut.  Also on the stand, they will offer items made by Ashlee (a therapist at TMH) who runs Wild Garden Botanicals – wild harvested and home grown organic botanicals, infused oils and nourishing balms, organic seeds and delicious herbal teas.

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 British Trust for Ornithology (BTO)

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is an independent charitable research institute combining professional and citizen science aimed at using evidence of change in wildlife populations, particularly birds, to inform the public, opinion-formers and environmental policy- and decision-makers.

BTO’s long-term monitoring data on the status of UK birds sets the standard worldwide for understanding the effects of environmental change on wildlife. Over 40,000 volunteer birdwatchers, in partnership with professional research scientists, collect high quality monitoring data on birds and other wildlife. The combination of professional ecologists, long-term datasets some in excess of 50 years, and volunteers participating all over the country gives the BTO a unique, impartial and knowledgeable voice in nature conservation.

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North Lodge Park design project

With support from NNDC, we have commissioned a landscape architect, with experience of play in public parks, to work with us to develop an outline plan for the Park to provide a context for future improvements, and to bring forward a detailed design for some play opportunities.

Play time
As part of the brief we have asked for any proposals to address the perceived remoteness and access challenges of the upper lawn, introducing play in innovative ways that are in keeping with the nature of the Park. We have asked the designers to look into using the topography of the upper lawn as a basis for designing play opportunities, rather than implementing a standard play park.

This approach has a number of advantages, not least that it will give us a blue-print for the Park that we can all work towards over the coming years, and enable us to deliver opportunities for play within this in the near term (all being well, before the end of the year).

The team will be at the festival to give you all a chance to join the debate.



The Bricksters will be at the festival selling a range of garden related items and crafts


bucket list

The Bucket List

Hand cut chips with toppings

now serving in North Lodge Park (as well as Overstrand and Weybourne)

bucket list - hand cut chips

Jazz Afternoon in North Lodge Park

Crepes and Cakes

The North Lodge Park Cafe

The ever popular cafe in the Park will be open serving crepes alongside cakes, teas and coffees.



We’ll have a special activities area to keep you all busy

Mini Scarecrows

mini scarecrow competition
Come and make a mini-scarecrow (or a lighthouse)(or a garden angel).


sunflower planting
We’ve ear-marked the flower border by the old croquet lawn for sun-flowers – we need your help to plant them. Come along and pick your sunflower plant (or bring your own), plant it and over the summer watch it grow. There will be a prize in the autumn for the tallest!

Plant QUiZ

Plant quiz treasure hunt
To test your knowledge of plants and the park our resident Bard has composed a QUiZ to test your grey matter.

Build a lighthouse

build a lighthouse

Garden Fairies

garden fairy