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Attingham Park is a National Trust property comprising of an 18th Century mansion set in a Repton landscape; the Park and wider Estate includes a deer park, walled garden, several miles of the rivers Severn and Tern, extensive farmland and woodlands.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Poppies and poplars

One of the newly-planted Black Poplars
I was not too impressed when my alarm went off at half past six this morning - it was the staff barbecue last night and when everyone else went home, a few of us went back to my place to carry on the fun - but after a few hours of clearing up the tables etc. in a refreshing rain shower, all is well in the Attingham world once more. We have been doing a lot of work along our newly-planted hedges over the last few weeks, clearing the grass and weeds with brushing hooks and scythes and spraying to give the hedge plants the best chance of getting enough sunlight and water. This morning I took the opportunity to check on the black poplars that we planted back in April to check that they were not getting choked by nettles and cleavers; I'm proud to report that they are doing well, with plenty of green leaves and few signs of being nibbled by the local deer. As I drove back across one of our farms I stopped to admire the poppies that are growing along the headlands in in some of the crops - they look absolutely gorgeous. We always get a fantastic display of poppies in one of the fields at Berwick New House Farm - if you walk around the Mile Walk keep looking through the trees as you approach the suspension bridge from the Walled Garden.

At least the rain is making everything green again!

A splash of colour on a grey, drizzly morning

The fawns are starting to be a frequent sighting now that we are on our way to July - they can be seen following the does and can easily keep up if mum decides to run! Pictures to follow but if you want to see them for yourselves, why not come along the Attingham Summer Nights events in July - on Friday 15th our 'Park Life' evening will include rides around the deer park and talks from the wardens on the deer and other wildlife.

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