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Tuesday, 24 May 2011

A year at Wallington in pictures - February 2011, Part 3

It was to be the start of a new month volunteering in the Walled Garden and grounds at Wallington, with the gardening team. The hard frosts experienced in January continued and this seemed to keep the visitors away.

Clock Tower

Work continued clearing away the snow damaged trees and shrubs. On East Lawn, two cherry trees had to be completely removed. The blossom and colour will be a miss this year outside of the House.

The blocked path to the Walled Garden was opened up. The tree trunk was cut and the roots put back into their original site. The bulk of the oak tree remained in Garden Pond, with the cut sections beside the path. Suitable signage and a fence were placed to deter anybody climbing on the section of tree in the water. Did anybody try?

Unblocked path beside Garden Pond.

Around the Walled Garden small areas started to burst into colour. In the Orchard, hundreds of snowdrops came out and provided the first spectacle of the gardening year.

Snowdrops in the orchard.

At this time of year, in a property of this scale there was always work to be done on the borders around the House. With the frost, the ground was hard and a lot of effort was required when working. During February, there was very little colour to see around the House, even without this, the House and property are always an impressive site for the first time visitor.

House looking towards West Lawn.

The Walled Garden was being slowly prepared for the next seasons of the gardening year. January and February was a very busy time for all of the people involved in the grounds and gardens. During my time here at Wallington I get to talk to a large number of visitors. They are always complimentary about the site, in particular, the Walled Garden. I get a great deal of personal satisfaction helping here at this National Trust property. It is good to see that what you do, albeit in a small way is helping to maintain such an important part of Northumberland’s history.

Walled Garden.

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