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Wet & more wet, and plans for 2024 – October & November 2023

By November 28, 2023No Comments

Wet and more wet – seems to sum up November and the past month of October! Here though there are magical moments, like the wonderful colours of the autumn foliage of many of our trees as they give one last burst of colour before shutting up for the winter, and going to sleep as the worst of the winter weather passes by.

There have been some amazing colours this year, particularly a large Liriodendron, or the Tulip tree on the far hillside.  Its buttery yellow leaves shimmering in a fleeting glimpse of sunshine or the wonderous glowing orange red leaves of the Oxydendron, like a blazing firework, as the colour intensifies and then fades as the leaves begin to drop. Perfect timing for bonfire night.

Our winter work is going well, and many of our projects are well under way! A lot of areas are getting worked on with plants being cleared and dug over ready for new plantings in the spring, ready for new colour in 2024!

Our volunteers are wonderful and roll up even in the worst of weathers. As always, a massive thank you to them, as we couldn’t survive without them. We have had several new people join our small band of volunteers and full-time staff, but even with the new additions, we never seem to run out of work in this beautiful twenty acre garden (especially as so much of the work is on our steep slopes), we have but it’s a jolly team, who seem to enjoy their time here and hopefully learn something in the process!

Hopefully you will see a lot of our winter endeavours next year when we re-open for our snowdrop days on a Wednesday and Sunday in February and opening permanently at the beginning of March.

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