Garden Newsletter: August

  Summer is in full swing: the weather forecast girl apologies for low summer temperatures, 22ºC ! Quite warm enough for me, working in the garden thank you! And refreshing when it rains, although it never does properly. So there’s a lot of watering to do, as well as weeding,

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Wildlife on the wheat

Each year we grow long straw wheat once used for thatching… Each year, without fail, our friend Mr Badger (and a good number of birds) come to feed on the wheat. We used to think there was an entire badger family visiting. However, as this video shows, there is in

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Garden Newsletter: July

So many thanks to all of you who helped in the garden and at the Plant Fair! Your help has made a tremendous difference and enabled us to have an attractive garden and a successful Plant Fair. The weather has now turned hot and weeding, annual planting followed by copious

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Garden Newsletter: June

Summer has at last come- or has it? It’s still rather cold, but at least it’s been quite sunny. As the day length increases so the plants have more time to grow, and grow they are certainly doing!! It’s all hands on deck once again for the garden and the

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Garden Newsletter: May

You’ll be expecting me to say this, but yes, growth has taken off as it does every May and the garden is heading for a maintenance crisis! Weeds growing apace everywhere and not enough gardeners to deal with them- the garden team now desperately need your help! You’ve only got

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Report of Botanical Survey & Compartment Species List’s

of The Wakes. Selborne Butterfly Orchid in the Wakes Park S. M. Povey & A. M.. James July 2013 Report of Botanical Survey of The Wakes. Selborne & Species List. 2013 The Survey This Botanical Survey was carried out over three 3 hour periods, which took place on 20th. May,

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Garden Newsletter: April

Well it’s not exactly April, and the weather is rather cold but it is time for the Weeders Newsletter for the month, because as I explained in the last newsletter, I have to bring the Sunday meeting forward to avoid clashes with Easter and family commitments. March/April volunteering dates are

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Garden Newsletter: March

It seems like spring might be here?  Sunny periods, bulbs sprouting, the garden’s coming to life! We all so want it to happen, but we must be cautious- everything could change again- back to winter!  So with cautious optimism I greet the coming growing season, and you’ll all realise that

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Friday’s Solar Eclipse. Cloud… What Cloud?

        Undaunted by cloud cover the garden team, inspired by Gilbert White’s interest in celestial phenomena, attempted to use a colander to see the solar eclipse this Friday. Unfortunately the weather was somewhat against us and we had to admit defeat. We did, at least, observe the

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Becoming a Wakes Weeder?

Do you have a few hours to spare to help maintain Gilbert White’s 30 acres of beautiful 18th Century landscape garden? Local garden enthusiasts are being encouraged to meet with the garden team at Gilbert White & The Oates Collections to find out more about Gilbert White’s very special garden.

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