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Getting into shape for the new year

We volunteers were all a bit rusty, but looking forward to some fresh air after all those mince pies…so we had a gentle day, enjoying the camaraderie and tranquility of the Gardens. And we got some work done too!  Roger gave the two bay trees in the Italian garden a good haircut: having been rescued, they can never be beautiful standards like the prunus lusitanica (Portuguese laurel)in the inner beds, but they now stand more elegantly in their corners!

Sam was doing more clearance in the far end of the walled kitchen garden, making it ready for grass planting around the vegetable beds; Rod was clearing brambles in the lime walk; and others were variously pruning, leaf raking and tidying.