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. See the Winter Garden at RHS Rosemoor as you’ve never seen it before, as high-tech colour changing lights illuminate the trees and shrubs to create an enthralling show! The magical winter garden illuminations run until 7th January, Thursday to Saturday, excluding Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
The Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt is once again transforming into a sensory winter wonderland, for its annual Enchanted Christmas event.
One of the most visually stunning festive events in the South West, it will take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from the last weekend of November (25th – 27th) to the weekend before Christmas (16th – 18th December).
The sun came out, thousands of people flooded in and a great day out was had by all.
Garden lovers came from far and wide to experience the fabulous selection of nurseries and the inspiring talks given by garden experts.
'It feels like the Festival has really come of age,” says Toby, “This was its third year and so many visitors have remarked how it stood out from all the other garden shows in terms of its friendly atmosphere and the experience of being in such a beautiful Castle setting.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
Gardeners at Hestercombe near Taunton have been busily emptying one of the flower beds around the balustrade of the Victorian Terrace, to ensure the original planting schemes designed by Gertrude Jekyll, are followed.
The plants that have been taken out are a mix of fuchsias, penstemon and roses, which were planted in the 1970s by Somerset County Council.