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Do you remember sunflower planting back at Easter? Well here's a picture of Henri & Edwin whos sunflowers have grown really well!  Some real life young gardeners! Well done to both of them! If you've got any pictures do share them with us, either by email or on our facebook page. And to give you an idea of just how big your sunflower COULD grow... here's Helen from our plant centre with her giant that sprouted well in her allotment!  ...
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bindweed- the last resort On the South border of the plat at this time of year there should be a marvellous display of Filipendula and Monarda. And there was.... until the bindweed took over. We have been battling with this patch for years. We have grown the bindweed up canes and treated it with herbicides. We have continually pulled the bindweed to try and weaken it. But last week it was the bindweed that broke the camels back. The bed was riddled and all the plants were suffering so we took drastic action. All of the plants have been dug out. Roots have been thouroughly...
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an emotional farewell! This trusty old container first arrived at Hestercombe many years ago. It served several years as a mess room for the garden staff- boiling hot in summer and freezing in the winter- but it became 'home'. Then as the charity progressed we built a fancy new mess room with windows and toilets and all sorts of mod cons. The container started its next life as a tool shed and it has served us well for about 10 years in this capacity. But alas time moves on and the container has had to go to make room for our new biomass integrated...
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Fantastic Fairies & Fun Fridays! Last Friday was our 1st FUN FRIDAY and we had a great turn out!  Children (and adults) enjoyed biscuit decorating and Malcolm's magic show...  Sasha brought a little donkey to meet everyone... Some children fell in the pond when their raft fell apart!!  And there was a fantastic assortment of fancy dress fairies, here's some pictures below!  The next Fun Friday is this week with a bee theme! There will be games on the Orangery Lawn, a chance to meet the Hestercombe bee keepers and see how they work with the bees plus you can try some special honey from Somerset!...
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'Hestercombe Cup' new art prize for Cheddon Fitzpaine This morning I was pleased to be invited to the Cheddon Fitzpaine Church School end of your celebration and prizegiving. The celebration was held in the local Cheddon Church (which I had never actually visited, and is a really lovely place) and the pews were filled! The whole school had come to see the year 6s perform some wonderful leaving poems and songs and many parents' eyes were filled to brimming at their little ones growing up. Mr Gordan gave a thoughtful speech and the Rev. Geoff Boucher was a welcoming host waving everyone off for summer holidays. The prize giving...
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