With winter almost behind us and spring to all intents and purposes already here we are looking back on all the hard work we have done over the last few months and looking forward to seeing the fruits of our labour this spring.
With the gardens cleared and mulched they were put to sleep for the winter, the first signs of this hard work paying off have been the wonderful display of hellebores that we have had this year. We have quite a collection and look to add a couple of new varieties each year. They give a display of colour early in the year when most other plants are still asleep for the winter.
When it gets cold at the Hall our lake does ice over, we know when it is really cold as the moat ices over too. This happened only a couple of times this winter but it is always entertaining to watch our resident ducks indulge in a bit of ice skating. Our mild winter was advantageous to some species and encouraged an early flowering of our snowdrops but the colder snap more recently was a welcome relief to our volunteers in our orchard. This is because without a colder period our fruit trees were in danger of flowering to early and would then be vulnerable to any sharp frosts in early spring which would destroy there blossom and mean a lower crop yield this year.
Today has been the first day that we have cut the lawns, our volunteers pride themselves in getting the lines really straight. We have also cleared more self-seeded trees in our formal gardens this year, and have prepared the ground ready to seed new lawns. Have a look at our video to see how sometimes the old fashioned machines are the ones that still work the best.
With all this hard work we will be ready to open this Easter Weekend for the start of our summer season. Our Food & Craft Market is our Easter Sunday entertainment and on Easter Bank Holiday Monday we welcome everyone to our Family Fun Day, with bouncy castles, circus entertainment and children’s trails galore! And for those that prefer a quieter visit we are open every Wednesday from March 30th with tours and talks on the history of the Hall available. We look forward to seeing you here soon.