The National Trust team at Mompesson House in Salisbury’s Cathedral Close opened its doors for the 2017 season on the 11 March with a new exhibition and shop.
Ian Wright, National Trust Garden Consultant in the South West, has been awarded the prestigious ‘Associate of Honour’ for horticulture. This is an award given to persons who have given distinguished service to the practice of horticulture by The Royal Horticultural Society.
Ian received this award in recognition of his distinguished service to the practice of horticulture throughout his 35 year career.
National Trust garden teams have just conducted their annual flower count for Valentine’s Day and although this year spring seems to be on the way, just as we would normally expect, but what is noticeable is how many scented plants are out in flower at this early time of year.
National Trust gardeners reported 1,737 plants blooming in this year’s 12th annual Valentine’s Flower count, 34% down on last year’s figure of 2,644. Although numbers are down on 2016, they are still higher than the previous three years.
For the second year running, Saltram had the highest number of flowers recorded with 176 blooms (193 in 2016).
The snowdrop has been voted the top spring flower for the fourth year running in a survey run with National Trust supporters on social media. The gardens at Cotehele, Lanhydrock, Kingston Lacy and Saltram have been voted the most popular places to see spring blooms. Continue reading…
Kingston lacy, a National Trust estate near Wimborne, Dorset, is famous for its snowdrop display. The snowdrop walk stretches through the 40-acre garden for one and a half miles. Even without the cold weather needed to encourage the snowdrops to bloom the team are still expecting a good display throughout late January and February.
The small cottages near Dorchester where Thomas Hardy and Lawrence of Arabia lived are charming to look at, but it’s the warm welcome of the volunteer guides there that turn them from houses into homes. On 1 March the National Trust will be opening the doors of Hardy’s Cottage, Clouds Hill and Max Gate, Hardy’s other home in the area, to visitors and the conservation charity is looking for more volunteers to help them do it.
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On 28 January, between 10am and 12.30pm, Snowshill Manor, just a couple of miles away from Broadway, will be hosting a drop in New Volunteer Day where you can discover what being a National Trust volunteer is all about and have an informal chat with staff and volunteers.
The Stourhead team are looking for more volunteers to help care for, and share the story of, the Palladian house and world-famous landscape garden.
Staff and volunteers have spent the last fortnight on the mammoth task of planting more than fourteen thousand spring bulbs at Dyrham Park in South Gloucestershire.
Freezing conditions and heavy rain haven’t deterred their efforts to get the hyacinths and tulips in the ground ahead of the Christmas break so they’re ready to bloom next spring from March to May. Continue reading…
Cotehele’s annual tradition of building a 60ft Christmas garland made up of thousands of flowers grown on the estate is turning 60 years old, and the team at the National Trust House and garden are celebrating.
In honour of its diamond year, the gardeners have been sowing secret plans all year to give it a new look, which today was revealed.