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Vegetables galore

Each week, Steve seems to plant more vegetables and don’t they look great!! Today, it was runner beans, to add to the maize, leeks, onions, chard, lettuce etc etc. The recent rains have also helped the soft fruit to swell, the fruit trees to put on ...

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Ready for the agile and not so agile

The agility ring is in place for visiting dogs for this Sunday’s Fun day for Dogs; the weather is all set fair so there are no muddy paths; the Rock Choir are no doubt as well-rehearsed as ever; and Carolyn is ready with the bacon, cakes and other c ...

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Our blousy hanky

The Handkerchief Tree was looking magnificent today, with the hankies blowing in the breeze against a clear blue sky, with the Glade framed with the frothy white of cow parsley. Hopefully they will still be looking stunning for the Open Day on 20 May. A h ...

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Fresh growth

It is an exciting time of year at the Gardens – full of promise for the season ahead! Spring green is making way for summer colour, as we remove weeds and excess euphorbia and make way for fresh planting of additional helianthemums, kniphofia, geums ...

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A birthday treat

for Steph: laying logs for a new earth seat and with delicious chocolate cakes for morning break, courtesy of Clare and Jacqueline…so much more fun than being pampered on a birthday! Meanwhile: primulas were planted, bringing colour to the entrance ...

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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 ...