March – April 2017
March has been a relatively dry month, which has made it easier for Farm staff to get machinery onto the fields and sow a range of crops including sugar beet, barley, wheat, peas and beans. Forestry staff have been kept very busy all month dealing with fallen trees in the Gardens and across the Estate after Storm Doris. Much of the timber they have been clearing has gone to the Estate Sawmill for processing.
At the pigeon lofts, the young racing birds have now all hatched. The older young birds have very recently been able to start exploring the outside ground and roof of the lofts and will be gaining valuable knowledge of the surrounding area. The racing birds have now started training in earnest for the start of the racing season.
Gardens staff also took advantage of the drier weather to start mowing lawns and complete the winter pruning. The Gardens are looking beautiful at present, with camellias and magnolias in bloom and some of the early rhododendrons starting to come out.
Sandringham House opened to the public on Easter Saturday; the Bank Holiday weekend was very busy both in the House and Gardens and at the Visitor Centre. The exhibition of Indian artefacts in the Museum is proving popular with visitors, as are the Stream Walk and the Woodland Walk.
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