After a cracking Good Friday and more typical Easter Saturday (I've stayed drier when swimming!) I've been out and about in the grounds and found the first bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) in flower - hooray! It will be a few more weeks before we get a really stunning display but keep your eyes peeled next time you are out and about in woodland.
We have planted up the new orchard, finished gapping up hedges and have used up the rest of our shrubs and trees at Duncote Farm to create a 100x5 metre planting. We have put in a few black poplar on one end to see if they take in the wetter ground. The horse chestnut buds are starting to burst into leaf, the rooks are busily finishing their nests and the blackthorn is in bloom - spring is here again.
Burn off some chocolate eggs and join our Countryside Manager on Sunday 3rd April on a walk exploring our oldest and newest orchards - the walk starts at 2pm from the Stables courtyard, £2 per adult and children go free. It will be a chance to walk around some of the Estate that you will not have seen before!