Hello and welcome... Garden Diary 15th April 2020

Hello and welcome... to everyone who has been involved in the garden or those who hope to be in the future.

With the coronavirus pandemic so much has changed for us and all our garden programmes have been postponed until further notice. Colebrooke is definitely a quieter place but things are still growing, and as food producers we are still growing for the community.

I thought this would be a good opportunity to keep people up to date with what is happening and maybe give a few gardening tips along the way. So much is changing in our normal life but it is a great chance to notice nature progressing through the season now we have a bit more time. Buds opening and seedlings growing with beautiful sunshine most days shifting our attention to outside can be a real help.

Broad beans Apple blossom

This time last year our groups were tapping birch trees to make birch sap syrup and waiting for the elder flowers to come out to make elder flower cordial. Many hard-working veterans were digging the garden and planting seeds. This year will definitely be different but we can still do all these things and share them with you online along with recipes and growing tips. I really hope people get to enjoy nature close to home and can take the time to notice the life around us. Keep safe and hope to see you all in the garden when we are allowed to return.


Dougal Dorman, Head Gardener, Colebrooke Walled Garden