Sandringham Newsletter

May - June 2017

Throughout the month the Country Park has played host to a range of events including car club visits, the Samaritans Charity Bike Ride and a charity walk for the Stroke Association.

This month has been very dry, so irrigation has begun throughout the garden, particularly in the shrubbery and woodland walk. The water comes from the Upper Lake, which in turn is fed partly by natural streams and partly by pipes collecting any run-off from the roof of the House. The dry weather has slowed the growth of the grass on the lawns, which is a help. Some areas of grass are always left unmown to allow wild flowers to grow and seed, and to provide areas where ground-nesting birds can raise their young. Clusters of spotted orchids are slowly colonising these wilder areas and are gradually spreading in the damper parts of the garden.

On the Farm, preparations for harvest are well under way, so pot holes in the farm tracks are being filled and grain stores are being thoroughly cleaned.

The Visitor Centre has been busy, particularly in the recent hot weather, with people enjoying the shade of the Country Park and the air-conditioning in the Gift Shop and Restaurants. A border of culinary herbs has been created at the Visitor Centre for the Restaurant kitchen staff to use, and fresh flowers from the beds and borders in the Gardens are now arriving twice a week for the Restaurant tables. 

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