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‘Who said there is nothing to do in winter!’

If I had a pound for every time someone asked “What do you all winter?” I would be a very rich gardener.  However, I can understand that to the uninitiated this might appear the case.  If you are one of these misguided folk, allow me to enlighten you.

It is true that the prospect of even stepping out into your garden in winter can be daunting.  It is all too easy to hunker down and not emerge until spring. But, dressed appropriately, there is nothing like working in the great outdoors at this time of year.  Here are some of the tasks you should be tackling on these short days, work that body and earn some cake!

Find out more about Gill Heaven's take on winter gardening

Atmospheric winter walks on Cornwall’s coastline

wildlife south-west-coast-path-the-rumps-161582732.jpgMany of us have to be coaxed out of our semi-hibernation through the winter months. But getting out for a brisk walk, especially around our coastline, will really blow the cobwebs away and make you feel so much better.

TV audiences have been glued to the drama of Poldark – and not only the characters’ stories. The main star is Cornwall and its coastline.

Cornwall in winter is atmospheric, quiet, and usually mild enough for a very pleasant winter’s walk. The coastal path can be easily followed and the South West Coast Path has walks in its 630 miles running from Somerset to Dorset that are very accessible, although there are more strenuous ones for those who are up for a challenge.

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Big trees – friends or threat?

Fri, 15/07/2016 - 15:08

Mark Hinsley defends the importance of trees not only to our landscape but critically  providing shelter for homes, crops and prevention from flood damage.

Christmas at RHS Rosemoor

Post date: Wed, 30/11/2016 - 16:15

From craft workshops to an interactive story trail based on Charles Dickens’ well loved A Christmas Carol, there’s loads to do during the festive season at RHS Rosemoor.

Hilles House Open 24 Jul 2016

Fri, 06/05/2016 - 09:46 Post author: RedCrossHampshireIOW

Open Gardens in aid of the British Red Cross 2016

Hilles House has a lovely, small arts-and-crafts garden, with spectacular views over the Vale of Severn that look towards the Black Mountains, Malverns and Shropshire Hills.

24 Jul 2016

Opening times

Entrance fees
Adults: £5.00.
Children under 12 free

Sezincote Open Garden 26 Jun 2016

Fri, 06/05/2016 - 09:40 Post author: RedCrossHampshireIOW

Open Gardens in aid of the British Red Cross 2016

Sezincote is a unique and extraordinary Indian house set amid the Cotswold Hills. The architecture is in the Mogul style of Rajasthan. A curving orangery frames the Persian garden of paradise, with its fountain and canals. The house is within a romantic water garden, which is a fine example of the picturesque style – with pools, waterfalls, a grotto, and a temple to the Hindu Sun God. Sezincote was the inspiration for the Brighton Pavilion.

26 Jun 2016

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Bonsai Exhibition

Event date
Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 11:00 to 16:00
British Legion Hall Coppice Street Shaftesbury Dorset United Kingdom
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