Miscellany

Growing success for Flower Forum

AFTER gap of more than ten years, Longburton Garden Club, in the village south of Sherborne, successfully revived their village Flower and Produce Show in 2016, thanks to the Flower Show Forum. The forum was launched by The Gardens Group in 2016 with the aim of helping traditional flower shows to survive and thrive. Christine…

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South West in running for top tourism awards

THE South West is in a strong position for the fifth year running with 15 of the finalist places in the national Visit England Awards. More than a fifth of the finalists are businesses based in the South West – Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Bath, Bristol, Gloucester and Wiltshire. The regional finalists are the South West…

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Threatened juniper returns to Dorset

CHALK downland at Compton Down near Shaftesbury is a Special Area of Conservation and Site of Special Scientific Interest – and has a special significance for gin-lovers. It is one of the few remaining refuges of juniper in Dorset, and was believed to be the home of the last male plant in the county. Common…

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Silver jubilee celebrations at Brimsmore Gardens

YEOVIL-based Brimsmore Gardens began its two-week long 25th anniversary celebrations with a cake cutting ceremony, with friends, regular and new customers and David Recardo, the deputy mayor of Yeovil. Adam Wallis, general manager of Brimsmore Gardens,  which is part of the Gardens Group, said: “It was a real pleasure to see so many residents, customers…

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Famous garden designer at Bruton

AWARD-winning garden designer Jinny Blom will give a talk on her new book as part of the Meantime programme at Bruton’s At The Chapel, on Thursday 9th March at 7pm. Jinny Blom trained as a psychotherapist before becoming a garden designer in 2000. Since then she has created more than 250 public and private gardens…

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Seven day opening at Hardy’s homes

THE cottage where Thomas Hardy was born and the little house where TE Lawrence lived are both “far from the madding crowd” but they attract so many visitors that the National Trust has decided to open seven days a week, to try to reduce the overcrowding. The trust’s enhanced events programme and additional interpretation at…

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Stourhead shop reopens after refit

THE National Trust shop has reopened the shop at Stourhead after the first refurbishment and first refit since it opened 15 years ago. The purpose-build Stourhead shop originally opened in May 2002. Many of the old fixtures and fittings have been reused and some furniture has come from other National Trust shops locally. With more…

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