The Steering Group

Written by Christina Wakeford.

There have been some welcome, supportive responses to the plan for a nature group in Forncett; word seems to have spread and several people wanted to know who was involved in the formation of Forncett Nature Matters.  The impetus came from the Earth Matters team, a group of writers and ‘amateur’ naturalists/environmentalists/gardeners, whose articles appear in each Forncett Flyer:  Billy, Christina, Ally, Rosemary and Claire.

This group of five formed the original steering group for FNM, and we were soon joined by Carol Sharp and Terry Hickman-Smith.

We consulted Norfolk Wildlife Trust and have had excellent support and training from them. They are our go-to people for expert advice. We also have some very knowledgeable people in the village and hope they will allow us to draw on their expertise.

Now we want to spread our wings throughout Forncett, possibly into neighbouring parishes, and certainly up and down the river.

We aim to put nature lovers, wildlife-friendly gardeners/farmers in touch with one another, to form a collaborative network which we hope will be reflected in improved connectivity creating ‘green corridors’ of wildlife habitats wherever possible. There are already many villagers who garden with wildlife in mind; whatever the size of garden anyone can do their bit to protect our natural heritage; if you’re not sure how to make a start you’ll get plenty of support. By adding together our individual contributions we can make big changes!

Meet the Steering Group:

 Terry Hickman-Smith


Rosemary Horner


Billy Hosea

I live in Forncett St Mary. I like gardening with patches left to grow wild. Hawk moths come to feed on the bindweed flowers and peacock butterflies lay their eggs on the nettles.

 Billy Hosea

Claire Jordan

I have lived in Norfolk for 43 years.  I have tried to make my garden a space where mixed habitats allow nature to flourish.  I have always gardened organically and encouraged pollinators.

 Claire Jordan 4crop sm

Ally Rae  

I want other creatures and plants to share the space we humans use and knowing that together we can make a difference is inspiring. My partner and I created a wildlife-friendly plot on the Forncett boundary about 12 years ago and look foward to linking it to other habitats.

 Ally portrait1

Carol Sharp

I have lived in Forncett End for 26 years and have created woodland and wildflower meadows as well as a large pond. I hope to share my experience, inspire and learn more from others in the community to create resilient ecosystems our villages.

 Carol Sharp1 sm

Christina Wakeford

I’ve been interested in the natural world since childhood and I now love to garden with wildlife in mind, trying to do my bit for biodiversity. Living in Forncett since 1982, I’ve planted trees and hedges, a wildflower meadow and made habitats of ‘dead hedges’ and a small pond. I’m looking forward to meeting like minded people through FNM.

Christina Wakeford