Gardens staff have spent most of the month completing winter pruning and undertaking the annual task of pruning and tying in the red-twigged limes which surround the North Garden. Storm Doris caused quite a large amount of damage and mess throughout the Gardens, including the loss of a mature beech tree which was snapped across the trunk rather than uprooted. However, the Gardens are looking beautiful at the moment, with daffodils in full bloom and magnolias and camellias beginning to come out. They should be a picture when Sandringham House opens to the public at Easter.
On the Farm, sowing of spring barley continues, and sugar beet will follow soon. Things are fairly quiet, allowing farm staff to get machinery serviced and overhauled, and to spend time trimming and tidying hedges and headlands. Hedge cutting has now finished for this season, to avoid disturbing birds building their nests.
At the Visitor Centre, spring cleaning of the buildings and car parks has been completed to be ready for the many visitors who will arrive when Sandringham House opens to the public at Easter.
Work is well under way mounting this year’s exhibition in the Museum. In the year which marks the 70th anniversary of Indian independence, the theme is India and the exhibition includes Indian landscapes and portraits, as well as examples of work in brass, silver, ebony and ivory. Elephants abound, as well as beautiful figurines, vases and caskets and a collection of beautifully bound books. Also in the Museum there will be a new vehicle on display this year; HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s taxi, which he used for travelling to both official and private engagements in London, has arrived at Sandringham and has been added to the display in the Royal Garages.
Sandringham Museum and Gardens will be open from 1st April – except on Good Friday, 14th April. Sandringham House will open for the season on Saturday 15th April.
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