The Japanese garden now has its pagoda standing tall and the Salix Gracilistyla Mount Aso (Japanese pink pussy willow), magnolias and rhododendrons all have buds. It’s very exciting to see this garden developing and in 2020 the design will be strengthened further and there will be more new plants too.

Back at base, the new wooden gazebo is finished except for the guttering, thanks to the hard work of Rod, Roger, Terry, John and Carol. It already looks like it belongs and will provide a really useful additional space for catering, sales, visitor reception or meetings, as required.

Some snowdrops are also standing tall, but most are still emerging. There’s been more progress in clearing the end of the kitchen garden and volunteers have opened up a new woodland path.

So there will be lots to see at the snowdrop open days in February.