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A Walk Around the World

Last week’s post on the Geological Gallery at Biddulph was, I hope, something of an insight in to the mindset of James Bateman its creator in the mid-19thc.  Today’s is designed to look at the gardens he created there, partly … Continue reading

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Ickworth

I was lecturing in  Suffolk recently and took the opportunity to call in at Ickworth, for the first time in many years. What a revelation that was. Not the grand rotunda of the house, splendid on the outside but  rather … Continue reading

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Edward Adveno Brooke and “The Gardens of England”

One of my favourite places to work and take students is the Lindley Library, part of the Royal Horticultural Society. It’s  interesting when taking groups there noticing how different things attract and appeal to different people. One book however always … Continue reading

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Almost everyone’s least favourite tree…

Shouldn’t be too hard to decide what that is!  Horror stories abound – and it must be one of the few plants ever legislated about. Yet it all started out innocuously enough on a beautiful country estate in Mid-Wales in the 1880s. … Continue reading

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Copped Hall revisited

The weather yesterday was wonderful so I decided to take my own advice [for a change] and went for a winter walk.  And having written recently about Copped Hall discovered that it had one its monthly open days I set … Continue reading

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