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We’re Open This Weekend!

We will be open Friday 25th-Sunday Sept. 27th. 11am-4pm. Please check our opening times before setting out in October. We’d like you to see the autumn colour if the weather is reasonable & restrictions allow.  These will be posted daily  on the home page of the website but the easiest way to get notifications is […]

FOREST (Woodland )BATHING EVENT – Introductory Offer

Covid stressed? In the 1980”s the Japanese gov. carried out extensive research which found that a 2 hour forest bathing session could reduce blood pressure, lower cortisol levels & improve concentration & memory. Their findings went beyond the benefits of fresh air, exercise & wellbeing. They found that chemicals released by trees ( phytonicides)  could […]

Butterfly Count 8/8/20

1 Small Tortoiseshell , 1 Comma, 4 Painted Ladies, 4 Small Coppers, 5 Green Veined White, 13 Small Whites, 14 Large Whites, 14 Red Admirals, 23 Peacocks. Weather conditions bright & warm. Thanks to Neville & Gloria.  

Enjoying our Beautiful spaces!

It’s wonderful to find that for most of our visitors it’s been their first trip out for coffee since lockdown and they’re really enjoying our safe spaces. Regular comments this week have been; ‘ No crowds and we’re feeling normal for the first time since lockdown’ & ‘The gardens are looking spectacular’ The coffee shop […]

Look who came to dinner this weekend!

Juvenile Long Eared Owl in the Garden

Butterfly Count 24/6/20

  Report sent to Biological Records Centre  1 Red Admiral  6 Speckled Woods   6 Ringlets  5 Peacocks 17 Meadow Browns 11 Small Tortoiseshell  Spotted in less than an hour on 24/6/20

Firecrests spotted in the gardens!

A keen ornithologist visitor confirmed the appearance of a pair of Firecrests in the garden last week, we hope that they’re nesting here.  Curlews, Lapwings, Pied Wagtails, Willow Warblers, Chiff Chaffs & the sound of the Larks is making this quite a noisy place this week!

The Secret is revealed!

We’ve been watching Tawny Owls for the last few weeks with 3 chicks and didn’t dare post anything so as to protect them from unwelcome attention. It’s been absolutely fascinating & Mick has managed some great pics. They’re now fully fledged & grew so quickly it was as if they were just being inflated!

Early Strawberries

 In mid April try lifting a strawberry plant from the garden & putting it in a 3 litre pot of compost, water well & keep in greenhouse or on a windowsill, it’ll produce flowers & fruits by the end of May.

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