Sandringham Newsletter

May - June 2017

Sandringham Estate was the venue for the Caravan and Motorhome Club’s 90th National Rally over the Whitsun weekend, with over 1500 caravans and motorhomes in Sandringham Park and a wide variety of daytime and evening activities. Laying out the site with electrical hookups and water supplies for so many pitches was a demanding exercise for the Club, but the weekend went smoothly and thousands of people from the event will have been out and about exploring West Norfolk.

As soon as the rally is over and the site has been cleared, Country Park staff will begin preparing Sandringham Park for the Horse Driving Trials which will take place there at the end of June. Entry is free for spectators, and the skill of the drivers and the elegance of the sport are well worth going to see. In addition this year, members of the Coaching Club will be bringing full-sized coaches and horse teams.

On the Farm, spring cereal crops have germinated well but the prolonged dry weather is likely to affect crop growth, so Farm staff are hoping for some rain soon. Grass and clover are also being sown to help improve fertility on some of the heavier land.

The dry conditions have helped Gardens staff keep on top of hoeing weeds. Grass now needs mowing somewhere in the Gardens almost every day, and as herbaceous perennials start to bulk up canes and other supports are gradually being put in around them. Spring pruning is also under way, producing fresh growth in fuchsias and other shrubs across the Gardens.

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