As we head into winter and the festive season, the work never stops for our gardens team.

Come rain and wind, sleet and snow there is always something to do, and the team are busy preparing for spring, starting new projects and putting the finishing touches to existing ones. Now is the perfect time to plant bare root roses, trees, and hedging, renovate areas, and tidy the garden before the cold weather really sets in.

The Hornbeam hedging has been planted at the Lavinia Walk roundel, and the finishing touches and paintwork are being applied to the new rose supports. The rose garden hedging has been reconfigured to create a ‘garden room’. ‘Editing’ of the borders in the temple garden, folly garden and the glade will continue over the coming months. Renovation of old Laurel stands at the fringes of the temple garden are to be looked at to open new aspects. And there is an exciting new project to commence by the lily pond at the castle terraces. As well as a multitude of small and subtle changes that will make big differences to the overall feel of the garden.

Amongst these other things its a chance for us as gardeners to take stock of the year just gone, look at what’s worked well, and what hasn’t, and start to compile the working programme for the next twelve months and beyond.

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