10 reasons to love Norfolk

Blog post by Jess French on 05 Jun, 2018
I’m Jess French, a vet, children’s television presenter and author. I’ve been all over the world in pursuit of beautiful beaches, incredible wildlife and fascinating people. But I eventually came back to Norfolk, where I was born and bred, realising we already have all three right here. Norfolk was a fantastic place to grow up and I’m delighted to be able to give my daughter the same start in life. It’s a great place to work too, especially as a vet. People here love their animals, not just their pets but also the local wildlife, which they feed, house and treat like part of the family. There is a real community spirit here, which goes further than a courteous wave over the garden fence but pervades through all aspects of life in our special hidden corner of the globe. Incredibly, despite maintaining this historic community feel, we have also managed to be progressive in our approach to sustainability and eco-living. There’s no place I’d rather be!

Why do I love Norfolk?

Jess French at the launch of our Sure Start with Nature programme

Jess French at the launch of our Sure Start with Nature programme

  1. Our Norfolk Broads are as dense with animal life as the African savannah – and every bit as beautiful
  2. We value the importance of teaching children about nature – with Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Sure Start with Nature programme for under-fives.
  3. We welcome each new year with hundreds of gorgeous baby seals on Horsey beach
  4. Our skies buzz with insect life, including our very own Norfolk Hawker dragonfly
  5. We are a county of dog lovers – with plenty of dog-friendly green spaces
  6. Our beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world
  7. Our ancient woodlands are as rich in history as they are in nature
  8. With broads, rivers and a vast coastline to explore, Norfolk is a playground for water sports fanatics
  9. Our people are some of the friendliest I have known, like one big extended family
  10. For eco-conscious consumers, Norwich is jammed full of independent shops selling alternative, vegan and locally sourced goods
We will be showcasing some of the best and most hidden Norfolk wildlife spots for Norfolk Day on Friday 27 July.

Jess French is Children's Ambassador for Norfolk Wildlife Trust
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