swallowtail butterfly at how hill

Swallowtail butterflies are on the wing

May 25th, 2017

The first swallowtail butterfly of the year was spotted at How Hill yesterday, as usual in the most picturesque of locations – the carpark!

The swallowtail is the UK’s largest native butterfly, and also one of our rarest. These spectacular beauties are only found in the Norfolk Broads, largely due to the distribution of the caterpillars’ only foodplant, milk parsley.

How Hill is one of the very best places to spot them, so come and have a look. Why not come when our tearoom is open so you can treat yourself to a slice of cake after your swallowtail safari.

 

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Hitler’s Oak Olympic Carving Completed

April 18th, 2017

In the 1936 Olympic Games, all gold medal winners were also given an oak sapling. Christopher Boardman, the eldest son of the Boardman family who lived at How Hill, was the helmsman of the Lalage, a gold medal winning yacht. The sailing races took place at Kiel. Christopher Boardman did not actually go to Berlin to pick up his medal, but one of his team members, Miles Belleville, did – receiving gold medals for all the crew, together with an oak sapling. As Christopher was the helmsman, it was decided to plant the tree at his home at How Hill in Ludham and in September 1936 the sapling was planted at the back of How Hill House.

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Teachers – Book Your Spring and Summer Day Visits Now!

March 14th, 2017

The days are getting warmer and it’s time to start looking ahead to the summer term. Our day visits are booking up fast, but there is still time for you to plan an unforgettable trip for your class.

We offer a range of activities. The most popular include:

Pond Dipping Getting up close to the creatures that live in our dykes.

Nature Trail  A walk around the reserve looking at several different habitats and thinking about the plants and animals that live there.

Toad Hole Cottage Museum Children step back in time when they go into our Victorian marshman’s cottage museum.

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2017 Events Programme Out Now

The wait is over….. our new programme has arrived and we are open for bookings.

Click here to download a printable pdf version of our 2017 events programme.

All events are also listed on this website – click here to go to the events section.

This year we have 6,000 of these programmes to distribute and your help would be greatly appreciated. If you could take a pile of brochures to be shared with your hobby group/workplace/church etc.  we will show our gratitude with a voucher for a free cream tea for two at our tearoom.

If you would like to join our mailing list to automatically receive a copy of the brochure by post or email every year please let us know. Contact secretary@howhilltrust.org.uk or tel: 01692 678555.

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50th Anniversary Appeal Launched

September 22, 2016

How Hill’s 50th Anniversary Appeal was launched on Monday 19th September at an event held in the Hostry at Norwich Cathedral. Over seventy guests attended including the Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, Richard Jewson, representatives of several grant giving trusts, How Hill trustees and lifetime members of the Friends of How Hill.

After refreshments in the reception area, guests took their seats in the Weston Room for speeches from Baroness Gillian Shephard, Simon Partridge, Director of the How Hill Trust and Nick Price, Chairman of Trustees. Their presentations focused on the history of the house, its establishment as an education centre and the work of the Trust today.

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