622 flowers an hour added to Cotehele’s bumper Christmas garland

After a very good growing season, National Trust staff and volunteers at Cotehele, nr Saltash in Cornwall, have nearly completed the process of creating the longest Christmas garland at any Trust property in the country with 46,000 flowers used - Head Gardener - David Bouch is pictured

Head Gardener, David Bouch adding some more flowers to Cotehele’s garland

After a very good growing season, National Trust staff and volunteers at Cotehele, nr Saltash in Cornwall, have nearly completed the process of creating the longest Christmas garland at any Trust property in the country.

When they are finished, the process which began on Monday 2nd November, they will have created a 60 foot garland overhead containing 34,000 flowers plus a 40 foot extension around the east doorway with another 12,000 flowers, all grown and dried on the estate.

‘The garden and volunteer team have calculated that they are adding 622 flowers one by one each hour’, said Dave Bouch, Cotehele’s Head Gardener.

Good growing season boosts Cotehele’s garland by 40ft

After a very good growing season, National Trust staff and volunteers at Cotehele, nr Saltash in Cornwall, have nearly completed the process of creating the longest Christmas garland at any Trust property in the country.

When they are finished, they will have created a 60 foot garland overhead containing 34,000 flowers plus a 40 foot extension around the east doorway with another 12,000 flowers, all grown and dried on the estate.

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2014: Christmas lights up with a new illuminating tradition at Kingston Lacy

For the first time, visitors to Kingston Lacy will be able to enjoy an illuminated Christmas trail as part of a month-long celebration of the season’s traditions. With extended opening hours seven days a week, the team at Kingston Lacy is continuing the spirit of the Bankes family by inviting visitors to explore and create new traditions and memories with friends, family and loved ones. Continue reading…

Careful management ensures Christmas symbol continues to thrive

-Work has begun on removing hundreds bunches of one of the traditional symbols of Christmas, mistletoe, at Cotehele , one of the few National Trust locations in the South West where mistletoe is thriving.

Chris Groves, National Trust Orchard Officer at Cotehele explains how the traditional orchard provides a perfect habitat for mistletoe to flourish.  ‘Part of the essential conservation work we carry out at the property involves cutting it back and removing the distinctive mistletoe clumps.  This work helps encourage a healthy growth of both male and female mistletoe and ensures the mistletoe doesn’t overwhelm the trees it’s growing on.

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Tyntesfield aglow for Christmas

A new way of lighting the house has been brought to Tyntesfield as a way of creating a warm welcome for Christmas by the National Trust this year.

The centrepiece of a Victorian Christmas celebration, the gothic architecture of the house is being illuminated from within, by lighting up all the rooms in the house. Continue reading…

Knit yourself a merry little Christmas

Arlington Court's knitted Christmas Tree

Arlington Court’s knitted Christmas Tree

A colourful giant knitted Christmas tree has graced the main staircase hall of Arlington Court in Devon.   Complete with Knitted baubles & presents it was originally knitted in 2005 to raise money for charity. The tree contains the work of over 1000 volunteers from across the world who helped to knit it. The tree has been on display in various other locations, but this is the first time it has been displayed in a historic house.

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Army of volunteers transform Killerton into a Nutcracker Christmas extravanza

The Nutcracker is this years magical theme for Killerton House’s annual Christmas display, created by staff & volunteers

Killerton will continue its tradition of festive fun in a bigger way than ever when the estate throws open its doors to the public from 22 November until 4 January, 11am-4pm.  Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years’ Day

Visitors will be greeted by the beautifully transformed house themed on the classic Nutcracker story. The outdoors will also have a festive feel with family activities in the historic, twinkling parkland.

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Cotehele reveals its 60ft garland.

Pictures By Steven Haywood - Cotehele Christmas Garland 2014 -Head Gardener Dave Bouch & Senior Gardener Aimee Kingdom

Pictures By Steven Haywood – Cotehele Christmas Garland 2014 -Head Gardener Dave Bouch & Senior Gardener Aimee Kingdom

The final few flowers out of a total of 36,160 are just being added to Cotehele’s 60ft garland before its open to the public this Saturday (22nd November).

Staff, volunteers and members of the public at Cotehele, near Saltash, in Cornwall have spent two weeks adding the flowers which are grown and dried at the property, one by one to create the longest Christmas garland at any Trust property in the country.

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Behind the scenes at Cotehele

With only 56 sleeps to Christmas, the team at Cotehele are gearing themselves up for the annual creation of the Christmas Garland, a must see in your seasonal calendar.  We thought we would share with you a behind the scenes visit to see all 32,000 flowers drying in the attic ready for adding to the 60 foot garland, one by one!

The garland will be constructed over two weeks from 7th November by a team of staff and volunteers, the completed garland can be seen daily through December, except 25 and 26 December.

Stunning display of flowers drying for the Christmas garland.

Aimee Kingdom & Sophie Littleton with the 30,000 drying flowers at Cotehele

Aimee Kingdom & Sophie Littleton with the 30,000 drying flowers at Cotehele

The gardening team at Cotehele have again had a successful year growing and drying flowers for their annual Christmas garland.

‘We were so lucky with the warm and sunny summer, ‘says Dave Bouch, Cotehele’s Head Gardener, ‘and we’ve really benefitted from it. This year we’ve grown and picked about 32,000 flowers and the drying has been really reliable. It will be satisfying this winter to look up at the colourful garland and reflect what the summer was like.’

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