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Why should we feed the birds?

Post date: Tue, 15/03/2016 - 09:57

We spend time and money feeding our feathered friends every year, whether it be for the enjoyment of watching them feed up close or simply helping them survive and thrive through the seasons.

Call it a hobby, act of caring or obsession, recent research shows how feeding wild birds can have a massive impact on their survival and even alter migratory patterns!

Share your garden to support North Devon Hospice

Post date: Tue, 15/03/2016 - 09:56

If you have a garden to be proud of, why not share it with your community during 2016? Every year, people hold Open Garden events in aid of North Devon Hospice, and they would love for you to be next. People would make a donation to come and enjoy what you have created, and the funds raised will help your local hospice care for those who need it in North Devon.

Heritage Lottery Fund boost for historic garden transformation

Post date: Tue, 15/03/2016 - 09:56

A historic garden in the heart of Clifton has received a £35,000 funding boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund to be returned to its former Georgian glory.
 
Clifton Hill House, steeped in history since it was completed in 1750, has been owned by the University of Bristol for more than 100 years.
 
Restoration of the house won a national award in 2004 and the University now wants the garden of the Palladian-style mansion to reflect its heritage and important place in the history of Clifton.
 Volunteers, including award-winning garden designer Nicola Greaves, have been working on the design.

Cider apple varieties planted to halt decline

Post date: Tue, 15/03/2016 - 09:51

Hundreds of varieties of rare cider apples are being planted across England after being donated to the National Trust by a collector.

The Netherton Late Blower, Slack-ma-Girdle and Billy Down Pippin are among the National Cider Collection grown in Tidnor Wood orchard, Herefordshire.

They were grown over 25 years by Henry May, who wanted to save old apple varieties in danger of disappearing.

Some are being returned to the counties they grew in hundreds of years ago.

Charity and Kew Gardens combine to preserve Devon’s trees

Post date: Fri, 11/03/2016 - 08:23

Devon Wildlife Trust has spent the past autumn conducting a very different kind of harvest.

The charity has been collecting seed from Devon’s ash, hawthorn, blackthorn, holly and other trees at some of its 49 nature reserves as part of a national project to aimed at protecting the UK’s woodlands.  Devon Wildlife Trust is a partner in the UK National Tree Seed Project, which has been set up by Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, and made possible with funding generated by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Stunning garden photography in the frame at Overbeck’s

Post date: Mon, 07/03/2016 - 07:10

One of Devon’s most beautiful coastal gardens is hosting an exhibition showcasing the best of garden photography.

A selection of the judges’ favourite entries to the International Garden Photographer of the Year will be on display at Overbeck’s near Salcombe.

The National Trust property will be exhibiting more than 20 photographs on the themes of beauty of plants, wildlife in the garden and beautiful gardens.

And it will be holding its own Garden Photographer of the Year competition alongside the exhibition.

Sussex gardening scheme offers new career prospects

Post date: Wed, 02/03/2016 - 08:02

A new scheme is Sussex is offering hobby gardeners the chance to drastically change their lifestyle for the better.

Work and Retrain As a Gardener Scheme trains gardening fanatics of all abilities in practical skills either in their own gardens or at existing gardens, including three in Lindfield.

WRAGS co-ordinator for Sussex and South Hants Liddy Davidson said trainees are “from a huge variety of backgrounds, most of whom are seeking a change of career which will improve their quality of life”.

Cider apple varieties planted to halt decline

Post date: Tue, 01/03/2016 - 08:50

Hundreds of varieties of rare cider apples are being planted across England after being donated to the National Trust by a collector.

The Netherton Late Blower, Slack-ma-Girdle and Billy Down Pippin are among the National Cider Collection grown in Tidnor Wood orchard, Herefordshire.

They were grown over 25 years by Henry May, who wanted to save old apple varieties in danger of disappearing.

Some are being returned to the counties they grew in hundreds of years ago.

Charity and Kew Gardens combine to preserve Devon’s trees

Post date: Tue, 01/03/2016 - 08:45

Devon Wildlife Trust has spent this autumn conducting a very different kind of harvest.

The charity has been collecting seed from Devon’s ash, hawthorn, blackthorn, holly and other trees at some of its 49 nature reserves as part of a national project to aimed at protecting the UK’s woodlands.  Devon Wildlife Trust is a partner in the UK National Tree Seed Project, which has been set up by Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank, and made possible with funding generated by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Will magnolias announce the early arrival of spring?

Post date: Tue, 01/03/2016 - 08:37

Gardeners are keeping a close eye on magnolias growing in some of the most gorgeous historic gardens in the West Country to see if the arrival of spring is imminent.

Cornish gardens keep a count on the champion magnolia campbellii trees growing at Caerhays, Heligan, Tregothnan, Trebah, Trewithen and Trewidden.

They has been an incredible bloom count already - well ahead of last year and if the warm weather continues, spring could be declared well ahead of 3rd March, when it officially hits the rest of the UK.

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