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Winterbourne was built in 1904 for John and Margaret Nettlefold and bequeathed to the University of Birmingham 40 years later by John Macdonald Nicolson. Follow our dedicated team of archivists as they explore Winterbourne’s past and share with you the special objects, photographs and documents contained within the Winterbourne Archives. John Sutton Nettlefold’s work as…

via News from the Archives: The Political Life of John Nettlefold, 1901-6 — Winterbourne House and Garden

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Wisteria at Plea

I couldn’t resist this beautiful scene in Norwich, recently. Wonderful white Wisteria outside the church (now a rather nice cafe and bookshop), of St.Michael at Plea.

Old School Gardener

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20190617_092527Wow, I’ve been busy……

With help, I’ve been getting Old School Garden in shape for our Open Garden event this Sunday 23rd June (1pm-5pm). The weather forecast is good and the garden is starting to perform its summer show, so if you’re free and can make it you’d be very welcome.

As well as the garden to see, there will be displays and sales by local artists, the Aylsham Roman Project and St. Peter’s Church; and Jelly Cottage Nursery will be selling some of their wonderful plants.

Oh, and I mustn’t forget the scrumptious afternoon teas and Pimms on offer, too as you relax (hopefully) in the summer sun!!

All proceeds are going to two important projects that I’m involved with:

  • Improvements at St. Peter’s church, Haveringland– including acess for the disabled, a kitchen servery and all access toilet.
  • The Healing Gardens Project– having created a more welcoming entrance and therapeutic space for patients on the admissions ward at Hellsdon Hospital, we now want to move on to another local mental health facility to involve patients, staff and other volunteers in showing how gardens and gardening can play an important part in the recovery journey and general well being.

To whet your appetite, here are some recent pics…

Old School Gardener

Wheely great…

Some pics from our recent trip to the Falkland Wheel in mid Scotland…the only rotary boat lift in the world. It transports boats between the Forth and Clyde and Union Canals. A marvellous engineering and architectural creation that has breathed new life into these historic waterways.

Kelpies

One of the highlights of our recent trip to mid Scotland..fantastic sculptures on the canal at Falkirk…

Spring Purple

One of the borders at Old School Garden…

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A few weeks ago, Brain remembered something. Brain wasn’t quite sure what it was remembering, but Brain was sure that – at some point during recent years – it had read something about an eco village in the heart of London. Brain wanted to know more; Brain was quite insistent. A search ensued, and it…

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