We were fortunate to see a beautiful array of wildlife sketches and watercolours by artist, Roland Green. The exhibition was staged by collector, Commander David Joel, his family and Hickling residents at Hickling Barns ~ a wonderfully designed range of community buildings, located not far from the broad, where Green lived and worked from the 1920's till his death in 1972. Roland Green is regarded as one of finest modern wildlife artists; he is especially remembered for capturing waterbirds. The exhibition was carefully displayed and included fen and moorland scenes, birds of prey, garden birds and some mammals, such as a sprightly weasel.
Roland Green first took to the Broadland rivers aboard a houseboat called ALVIS, a converted cutter, which the Green family kept on the edge of Hickling Broad. The characteristic reedy environment around the broad remains very much as it was in Roland Green's day and the area is well worth visiting. Comdr Joel began a lifelong collection of his work after he became friends with Green as a schoolboy. The artwork is being sold to raise funds for the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, who manage the beautiful reserve, encompassing Hickling Broad. Comdr Joel has produced a book on the prolific Broadland artist entitled, A Homage to Roland Green ~ His Norfolk Legacy.