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Batsford Arboretum - one of the 50 best spring gardens to visit

Batsford Arboretum, near Moreton-in-Marsh in the Cotswolds, is No. 4 in the list of the 50 best spring gardens to visit for a grand day out, compiled by the The Daily Telegraph Gardening section.

Cotswold gardeners urged to sign up for green waste service

Don’t let the grass grow under your feet! That is the message being given to gardeners by Cotswold District Council ahead of the new waste and recycling collection service.

The Council’s current free fortnightly collection of garden waste will stop in April when new weekly collection arrangements are introduced across the whole of the District.

Ebrington and District Gardening Club - Annual Spring Show

Saturday 5th April Ebrington Village Hall - Entries staged from 09.00 - Public Viewing from 14.30

A true village show to celebrate the arrival of Spring and to show off the colours and freshness of spring flowers.

Big Garden Birdwatch 2008- Lets do it in the Cotswolds

Saturday 26th January & Sunday 27th January 2008 - organised by RSPB

The Big Garden Birdwatch is the world's biggest bird survey. It is organised by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and has been a regular event since 1979 when they asked their junior membership to count the birds in their garden - over the same weekend. In 2001 the event was officially opened up to everyone and more than 55,000 people took part. In 2007 more than 400,000 participants took part by counting the birds in their garden for an hour.

Ebrington gardening club

Kiftsgate Gardens (c) Rick, ligthelm.multiply.com

The visiting speaker for November was Mrs Anne Chambers from nearby Kiftsgate Court.

Council cash on offer to nature nurturers

Cotswold Water Park deputy warden Chris WalkerSmall-scale projects to improve nature and landscape in the Cotswold Water Park still have the chance to grab cash grants of up to £500.

The grants, on offer until early 2008, are aimed at community projects which will enhance the already-thriving w

Ebrington gardening club

The summer show at Ebrington was held a week earlier than usual on llth August. However we had plenty of entries in most of the classes -- flowers, vegetables, cookery and children's classes were particularly well supported. In all, there were more than 430 entries throughout the show.

A special feature of the afternoon was the presentation of the Peter Righton Cup for the best dahlia in the show. Following his death last year, it was felt that it would be a fitting tribute to Peter to establish a new award, recognising his love of dahlias.

Batsford Arboretum - Autumn is a good time to visit

28th October - Golden Leaf Sunday - the Arboretum at it's colourful best
Batesford in the Autumn (c) Batsford Foundation
Autumn is the perfect time to visit the Arboretum near Moreton-in-Marsh in the Cotswolds.

Bourton House wins HHA/Christie's Garden of the Year Award

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100 Years of Hidcote Manor Gardens - Restoring the garden to its heyday


Following on from July's article...

After Lawrence Johnston's death on 27 April 1958, the National Trust sought to let the manor house in order to raise some funds to help to maintain Hidcote Manor garden and had a freer hand to manage the garden. The furnishings in the house had already been sold at a sale at the property in late 1956 and then work was done to bring the house into a suitable state for letting.

Several prospective tenants were interviewed in September 1958 by the secretary of the National Trust. This resulted in a fourteen year tenancy at a rental of £250 a year being offered to Sir Gawain Bell who accepted it and undertook to furnish Hidcote as soon as possible. His intention was to make Hidcote his home when he retired from the Foreign Office in 1960.

It was evident in these early years that the National Trust had an annual deficit of some £1,000 to £2,000 each year in the running of Hidcote and this shortfall had to be found from the gardens fund. Consequently, when structures in the garden, such as the plant house by the lily pond, fell into disrepair consideration was given to whether to repair or demolish it. Although it was initially decided to repair it, the lack of funds led to a decision to demolish it. Sir Edward Salisbury, director of Kew, visited to identify which plants should be retained in a smaller plant shelter elsewhere in the garden.

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