We Love Wildlife

Hedging has many properties that benefit local wildlife and this is more evident than ever in recent studies showing that hedgehog numbers have plummeted by half in the UK countryside since 2000. This is due to a number of reasons but one of them is from the loss of hedgerows and the continual urban sprawl. People are using fence panels instead of hedges for privacy, not only is this more expensive than planting a hedge, it isn’t as good looking either! Hedging is a wonderful source of food for wildlife... Read More


Gardening Hacks and Handy Uses For Your Leaf Blower

So we’re nearly at the end of January (hurrah!), lighter days and warmer weather is on the horizon. We hope you have been in your gardens making preparations for the Spring. I’ve been doing some research this week on gardening tips and I thought I would share some with you all, because who doesn’t like taking shortcuts? Are you a regular at forgetting to water your plants, or have a holiday coming up? Try using a wine bottle as a self-watering bottle planter! (That’s one way to use up the... Read More


Gardens & Insects

Global declines in insects have sparked wide interest among scientists, politicians, and the general public. Insects make up 2/3 of all life on earth and German scientists say numbers of flying insects are in rapid decline with a 76% decrease since 1987. This decline is feared to provoke cascading effects on food webs and our ecosystem services. The precise cause for decline in insects is up for debate from a number of reasons such as changes in climate and changes in behavioural acts from insects, also changes in landscapes are... Read More


Our pick of the best wildlife trails and interactive events at public parks and gardens

There’s never a better time to get the kids exploring the outdoors than over the summer months. If they are wild about wildlife or don’t mind getting their hands a bit dirty there are plenty of events taking place at public parks and gardens across the country. From survival challenges to discovering wildlife, here are just a few ways of keeping the kids busy this summer.  Butterfly walks Every afternoon in August, Bookham Commons in Surrey is inviting families to explore the woodlands in the hope of spotting the rare... Read More

Classic cars 18/06/2015

Treat your dad to a Father’s Day out

Father’s Day is the perfect excuse to get out and about to explore one of Britain’s many beautiful gardens. Treat your dad to a special event at a grand manor house or for a stroll around a sprawling park. Whether he likes the stateliness of afternoon tea, hitting a summer barbecue, or going on a wild adventure, there’s something happening for dads everywhere. Mount Stewart vintage car display The neo-classical house and glorious gardens at Mount Stewart in County Down is once again hosting its acclaimed vintage car display to... Read More

laying turf 18/04/2015

How to lay turf

Laying our classic roll-on lawn turf is one of the easiest and quickest ways to get that flawless lawn that all gardeners dream of. This blog takes you through 7 easy steps to reach the ultimate, lush, lawn… . The first thing to do before your turf even arrives is to completely remove all debris, stones and weeds from your site as these can affect how well your turf establishes. If your garden suffers from a lot of stubborn weeds, it’s possible to use a weed killer on the site,... Read More


A cut above – The top topiary gardens you should visit

Keen to try your hand at topiary? Get some ideas from the experts at these top topiary gardens. Amazing living sculptures are at every corner, from giant chess pieces to mazes, animals and even Welsh hats…here are our favourite gardens that have shaped up to be truly inspirational: Chirk Castle, Clwyd A team of gardeners are busy trimming from summer to October to keep this castle’s topiary in shape. Dome shapes, birds and archways are dotted around the gardens, including its famous ‘Welsh Hats’ topiary. The Yew hedges that create... Read More

topiary wire shape 25/03/2015

Top tips for tip top Topiary

Whether you’re growing your own topiary, trimming an old topiary tree back into shape or planting a ready-made topiary specimen, our top tips can help you make the most out of this long-standing art form in your garden. For instant impact choose a ready-shaped topiary form, not only will you have an immediate garden feature but the only thing you’ll need to do is to give it a light trim once or twice a year to keep it neat.   If you have a lot of patience, there’s nothing more satisfying... Read More

Bodnant house 23/01/2015

Winter Inspiration: Get a warm outlook for your garden with The National Trust

You might not think winter is the season to meander through a stately home garden, but it’s the perfect time to get some evergreen inspiration. You’ll get hints and tips from their expert horticultural hands about just what grows and thrives through the current harsh conditions. You’ll be warmed by the abundance of winter colour from plants that can fight the frost and flourish. And you’ll also get to admire some of the most spectacular seasonal scenery that’s right on your doorstep. Here are some of our favourite National Trust... Read More