On Sunday, we had a beautiful day and the snowdrops were looking stunning and were enjoyed by old and young alike and our Tudor visitors too. The Tudors will be back with other Merrie Folke at our April Open Day, when visitors will learn about the building of Easton Lodge in 1594 and the lives of Queen Elizabeth I’s advisers and courtiers and local people at that time, on St George’s Day.

In the meantime, our volunteers are getting back to gardening and maintenance jobs. This week they were clearing scrubby shrubs and starting work on cleaning up the rill in the Glade. There’s lots to do in the coming weeks, with more planting of trees and shrubs and hopefully, soon, planting will also start in the Walled Kitchen Garden.