Shrubbery Clearance

Between the Orchard and the rest of the garden is a shrubbery bed which had become very overgrown and presented more as a hedge than a shrubbery. To allow light and air into the bed we have removed some weed species and interlopers, such as ash seedlings and hazels, and pruned the other shrubs removing lower branches and thinning the remaining growth.

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Tree Felling

Whilst the hotel is closed for renovations we are taking the opportunity to make a lot of noise in the garden, including some tree felling. Jon, the forester who has been working on the larger Gravetye estate for the last couple of years, has begun some large clearance projects which will open up neglected parts of the garden and help some of the more special trees to flourish.

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Winter Flowers

Although the weather at this time of year tends to be rather cold and dreary there are a few beautiful blooms which brighten the grey and act as a prelude to the glory of Spring

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Tree planting

One job we must get done before the new year starts is to get some new trees in the ground.  This is one of the most important jobs a gardener can do.  It is our responsibility to ensure that the tree line is as beautiful for the next generation as it is today and the […]

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Meadow cutting

Autumn is a busy time in the garden, preparing for the spring before rough weather starts to delay us.  There are always so many jobs to do but if we can only get one thing done it is to cut our meadow before winter sinks in. In our climate, grass can continue growing throughout the winter […]

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Although it may seem odd to some people to become excited by rotted vegetable matter and manure, as gardeners, a large pile of well-rotted compost can be one of the most beautiful sights in a garden. Here at Gravetye we have three beautiful compost bays, one of which is full of the most amazing black, nutrient rich compost

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