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Hillside retreat garden opens for NGS

Post date: Wed, 13/04/2016 - 09:41

For the last 25 years business woman Dame Alison Carnwath and partner Peter Thompson have been working on a garden around their secluded hillside retreat, just outside the East Devon village of Sidbury. This year the six acre garden at The Old Dairy, Sidbury will be open to the public for the NGS over the weekend of 4th and 5th of June.

Pocket park for Taunton

Post date: Wed, 13/04/2016 - 09:40

Taunton is set to get its own pocket park after a successful bid for Government funding. Pocket parks are small areas of inviting public and garden space where people can enjoy relief from the hustle and bustle of city streets

A sum of £15,000 will go towards creating a new play area called the Cage at Blackthorn Gardens, as well as improving existing facilities.

Somerset Art Works said: “Following a successful art and gardening project with local families and young people last summer we were delighted that our bid was successful.”


Top award for Country Gardener contributor

Post date: Wed, 13/04/2016 - 09:39

Tree expert and popular Country Gardener contributor Mark Hinsley has been awarded a Fellowship from the Arboricultural Association – one of the highest accolades in the industry.

Mark runs his tree advice business Aboricultural Consultants Ltd practice from Wimborne in Dorset, a well-established and successful practice of arborists operating throughout the South of England.

Caerhays Castle wins national Garden of the Year Award

Post date: Wed, 13/04/2016 - 09:38

The spectacular Cornish Caerhays Castle and Gardens, has won the 2016 Garden of the Year Award, awarded by the Historic Houses Association.  Nestled above Porthluney Cove , the 120-acre historic gardens are  a Grade II* Listed Park and Garden, and considered of outstanding importance by The Royal Botanic Garden at Kew. The woodland oasis, enjoyed by so many visitors, flourishes under the care and supervision of Charles Williams, whose great-grandfather along with the support of the great plant hunters Ernest Wilson and George Forrest laid the foundations of this much-loved Cornish garden.

Fundraisers celebrate £14,109 donation to Marie Curie Appeal

Post date: Wed, 13/04/2016 - 09:37

Staff and fundraisers have celebrated a record-breaking donation of £14,109.19p at Stewarts Garden Centres in Christchurch and Broomhill near Wimborne. Terry Head, head of retail and marketing at the popular family owned firm, Stewarts, presented the cheque to Lorraine Nutland, chair of the Christchurch and Highcliffe Marie Curie Fundraising Group, which during last year attended events and activities within the centres to collect money from generous customers, assisted by staff at the centres.

For 2016, Privilege Customers at Stewarts have nominated two charities to support

Devon groups back proposal to ban bee-harming pesticides

Post date: Wed, 13/04/2016 - 09:34

A proposal to ban toxic, bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides from any land owned or managed by Devon County Council has won the support of Devon Women’s Institute, the Devon Wildlife Trust, Friends of the Earth and Buglife South West.

Britain’s bees are under threat and pesticides are one of the factors behind this decline along with habitat loss and climate change.

Devon County Council wants measures to protect pollinating insects such as bees.

Hampshire schools chosen to create insect homes

Post date: Wed, 13/04/2016 - 09:28

Selected schools in the Hampshire have been selected to participate in the UK wide ‘Polli:Nation’ project – an initiative which supports schools to provide food and shelter for Britain’s pollinating insects.

The selected schools have been handpicked, following an application process that required them to demonstrate how they would like to transform their grounds to support the dwindling population of Britain’s pollinators.

Trehane Nursery sale runs through April

Post date: Wed, 13/04/2016 - 09:26

Now in its 22nd year, the Trehane Nursery annual sale, which has become an eagerly anticipated event for many gardeners, begins this year at 10am on Saturday 19th March and then runs throughout April. The Wimborne-based nursery, internationally known for its camellias and blueberries, uses the event to sell off plants that are not required for potting-on, in order to free up space for the new growing season.

Join Thornhayes Nursery in their 25th anniversary celebrations

Post date: Wed, 13/04/2016 - 09:18

The respected and nationally known Thornhayes Nursey near Cullopmpton in Devon is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and as part of these celebrations on Friday May 13th there will be a free event for all to enjoy. Customers are welcome to visit throughout the day, but at 11am and 2pm owner Kevin Croucher will lead a guided tour and discussion around the arboretum and orchards answering customers’ questions and looking at the trees and shrubs on display. Light refreshments will be served prior to each walk from 10.30am and 1.30pm.


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