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Ready for the Ramblers

Over 300 people came to the Gardens on Saturday 14 April to take part in the Helen Rollason Rural Ramble! The sun shone, the trees were bursting into leaf and the birds were singing and the ramblers set off on routes of 10 or 4 miles on the lanes and path ...

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Making a pit fit for a fig

With a full day’s sunshine our 20 volunteers had a great day today. New shrubs were planted and Ian managed to successfully move a strawberry tree (Arbutus Unedo), which had grown too large for the Italian garden, to a much more suitable place along one o ...

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Graft, but it will be worth it

Digging out this new shrub border was not easy, after rain. But we want to put a lovely range of shrubs and trees along this edge of the Gardens. And our happy Stansted Security staff volunteers kept on smiling! Elsewhere, we had volunteers excavating and ...

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A really good day…

After that second blast of cold weather, it was so nice to welcome new volunteers to our Volunteers Day in sunshine and with the ground workable again! The daffodils are starting to come out and the blossom on the peach and nectarine trees is showing pink ...

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Should be cosy….

Birds and bugs can now find new homes, thanks to David’s amazing carpentry skills. His beautiful  bird and bug boxes are on sale from the Trust – at our next Open Day on April 22 or by contacting us through our enquiries line. Meanwhile volunt ...

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New trees for the Glade

February is a time for tree-planting: so we have been planting flowering cherries and an acer near the rill that we think was part of Peto’s Japanese gardens. A golden rain tree is waiting its turn to be planted to replace one lost a while ago. Febr ...

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Spring cleaning starts….

The sun was shining, there was no further wind damage and the snowdrops were starting to come out, so it felt like early Spring! The moss on the balustrading looks beautiful but can lead to more water damage to the stone, so we have started to remove it. ...

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So lovely to see the sun

After strong winds we expected the worst, but the sun came out and we only had small branches and twigs to tidy up in the Glade. So other jobs got done too. The treehouse oak received some tlc. While in the walled garden, the grass had its first cut  (exc ...

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The final push

The Saturday volunteers have been making progress in clearing the last bit of the walled garden and today Sam and Tom helped too…. digging out brambles and bracken and clearing back to the foundations of the old greenhouses. Heavy work, but at least ...