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New viewing platform at Broadland water garden opened by Norfolk MP

PUBLISHED: 13:01 28 April 2019 | UPDATED: 13:01 28 April 2019

Pictured (L-R): Pete Taylor; Angela Broughton, trustee Fairhaven Garden Trust; Keith Simpson MP; and Henry Broughton. Photo: Paul Dickson

Pictured (L-R): Pete Taylor; Angela Broughton, trustee Fairhaven Garden Trust; Keith Simpson MP; and Henry Broughton. Photo: Paul Dickson

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A new accessible viewing platform costing almost £5,000 has been opened in a Broadland water garden.

Pictured (L-R): Pete Taylor; Roger Connah, land agent Fairhaven Garden Trust; Angela Broughton, trustee Fairhaven Garden Trust; Keith Simpson MP; and Henry Broughton. Photo: Paul DicksonPictured (L-R): Pete Taylor; Roger Connah, land agent Fairhaven Garden Trust; Angela Broughton, trustee Fairhaven Garden Trust; Keith Simpson MP; and Henry Broughton. Photo: Paul Dickson

The new floating platform at the Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, in South Walsham, was officially opened by Broadland MP Keith Simpson on a visit to the site on Friday, April 26.

The platform, which overlooks the garden's private broad, was designed and constructed by Fairhaven gardener Pete Taylor.

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The platform is 4m by 4.5m and sits on more than 40 double Aqua-Dock plastic floating modules.

The build cost £4,500 funded by visitors' gift aid donations.

A garden spokesperson said: “We were very pleased to welcome Keith Simpson, our local MP, to Fairhaven to officially open the new floating viewing platform, overlooking the broad and located just off the Kingfisher Path.”

They added: “It is fully accessible and will soon have a new picnic table made from recycled plastic.”

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