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Our gorgeous purple lambs’ tails

There was ice on the lily pond and the ground was frozen, but catkins everywhere this month have reminded us spring is on its way, albeit perhaps a bit arrested by this cold snap. Our purple hazel catkins were a picture. It was difficult to see that the c ...

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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 ...

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What’s not to like?

Raking up leaves is easy and enjoyable when frosts have brought them all down with a rush and many volunteers are on hand to share the picking up and taking of them to the leaf mould bin, where David is ensuring that they are packed down well and that the ...

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So it is done….

The viewing platform at the bottom of the Glade was finished today and was a beautiful, contemplative spot to experience the end of a glorious sunny day. And what were those thoughts? That volunteers, with a wealth of practical skills and teamwork, can to ...

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The essence of tranquillity

The day started cold but we were then warmed by the sun. Volunteers started an overhaul of the Italian Garden – as we have found Junipers difficult to establish in our current climate, many have been removed, but will be replaced …. ; and othe ...