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Saving Somerset’s magnificent meadows

Post date: Wed, 02/04/2014 - 12:06

The fortunes of Somerset’s stunning wildflower meadows are set to be transformed with a new project on the Mendip Hills from Somerset Wildlife Trust in its 50th anniversary year.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a unique partnership of conservation organisations and local councils a significant sum for a national project to save the UK’s remaining fragments of meadow. There were once natural wild flower meadows in every parish – today only two per cent of the meadows that existed in the 1930s remain.

Recycling centre changes

Post date: Thu, 27/03/2014 - 09:32

Somerset Waste Partnership is extending the opening hours of five of the county’s busiest Recycling Centres – including Sundays to 4pm. Two of the least used sites are to close.

From the beginning of April, Coleford and Middlezoy Community Recycling Sites will close and the centres at Bridgwater, Frome, Minehead, Taunton and Yeovil will open from 8am to 4pm every day, including Sundays.

Laurel Herb Farm arrives in Devon

Post date: Wed, 26/03/2014 - 13:43

One of the country’s leading herb and edible plant nurseries, Laurel Farm Herbs and Edibles, has relocated to Devon. The nursery was established in Suffolk in 1985 by Chris Seagan. Now having relocated to Whiddon Down on the edge of Dartmoor at the end of last year, Chris and Jenny Seagan are producing and selling quality plants to the retail trade through mail order, at farmers markets, food fairs and plant fairs around the country.

Plenty of fun for everyone at Thorngrove’s special day

Post date: Tue, 25/03/2014 - 14:00

There’ll be great activities and things to see at Thorngrove Garden Centre’s Open Day on Saturday 12th April.

The garden centre in Gillingham will be officially opening their new carpentry workshop and there will be a demonstration of carpentry as well as a hanging basket demonstration, orchid display and advice for anyone interested in the art of bonsai gardening.

Richard III ‘returns’ to Sudeley Castle

Post date: Tue, 25/03/2014 - 09:36

King Richard III is returning to Sudeley Castle and Gardens in the Cotswolds. The castle is one of seven venues in the UK to host the reconstructed head of the controversial king.

A 3D face replica based on the skull of Richard III, whose remains were discovered beneath a car park in Leicester last year, will be displayed between Wednesday, 2nd April and Tuesday, 15th April. Richard III owned Sudeley Castle twice in his lifetime, fi rst using it as his base for the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1469 and then coming into ownership again when he became king in 1483.

Exbury opens a new children’s play area

Post date: Fri, 21/03/2014 - 12:00

Exbury has always been a firm favourite with families visiting the New Forest, but this year there is more reason to discover the award-winning woodland gardens.

‘Gilbury Lane’ garden opens for the first time planted with over 200 named varieties of camellias. Then there’s a new children’s play area. Equipment will include an Explorer Tower, Sky Walk Trail, Bird’s Nest Swing, Play Hut and ‘Pick-Up Sticks’ all perfect for children aged five to 11 years. Younger children are not forgotten either with a Horse Sit-In Springer.

St Bridget Nurseries Propagation Tours

Post date: Wed, 19/03/2014 - 16:07

St Bridget Nurseries in Exeter have been supplying gardeners with top quality plants for more than 88 years, offering a huge range from trees to house plants,, from roses grown in their own field, to aquatic plants and everything in between.

The nurseries operate on two sites: at Old Rydon Lane, Exeter and at Sidmouth Road, Clyst St Mary, Exeter. The independent family-run business, run by Janet Flinn, managing director and daughter Tammy Falloon, marketing manager, has everything for both the experienced and novice gardener.

Barthelemy have Acers and Maples galore

Post date: Tue, 18/03/2014 - 13:35

If you want graceful acers and maples in your garden, Dorset-based Barthelemy and Co have a wide selection to choose from. Run by the Skinner family on a ten-acre site at Stapehill near Wimborne, the nursery also grows varieties of American dogwood (Cornus), pines, liquamber, beech, hamamelis, and wisteria, all of which are grafted and available as young plants one-two years old. They also offer a large range of bare root seedling of shrub, trees, and conifers, all of which are available by mail order.

Easter art and sculpture at Bristol Botanic

Post date: Mon, 17/03/2014 - 11:19

You can indulge your creative soul over Easter with a visit to Bristol. Visit the Botanic Garden Easter Art and Sculpture Exhibition which runs from 18th to 21st April daily from 10am-5pm.

Ceramic pomegranate seeds, a ‘Rust-o-saurus’, soaring swans, an iridescent stained glass Sacred Lotus, and a host of botanical art including Indonesian floral batik and water colour and ink hellebores are just a few of the designs in the portfolios of the exhibitors.


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