Saturday, 04 August 2018

Inspirational teachers lead to a life of art

At Grammar School in North London, Diane Hughes had inspirational teachers who were the early influences in her art. Benefiting from these, she started at the Slade straight from school in 1961. The period after the Second World War saw a monumental change to the admissions process of universities and…
Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Repton revered in the works of Jane Austen

‘Smith’s place is the admiration of all the country and it was a mere nothing before Repton took it in hand. I think I shall have Repton.’ This is a quote directly from Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, where the blundering Mr. Rushworth is attempting to impress Miss Bertram with his…
Thursday, 24 May 2018

Make hay whilst the sun shines

This saying is so true. We need a three full day window of dry weather to cut, bale and cart off the hay, but only when the grass is dry enough. The grass in the parkland should be ready to cut in less than a month’s time.
Monday, 16 April 2018

Simon Hook Memorial Road Race

Last Sunday, Great Saling welcomed over 70 professional and club riders for the Simon Hook Memorial Road Race. An endurance race of 124km consisting of 8 laps around the Village, Blake End and the Andrewsfield. Great Saling has been ‘put on the cycle map’ since the 2014 Tour de France.…
Friday, 13 April 2018

What is an Orangery & why were they built?

An Orangery, is like a greenhouse or 'hot' house used to describe a type of ornamental building in the ‘polite’ part of the garden; housing tender ‘greens’ & flowering plants which would not survive outdoors in the British climate.
Thursday, 12 April 2018

Exhibition: Celebrating the Life of Repton

The great landscape designer of Georgian England, Humphry Repton was both innovative & prolific. Few complete examples of his work survive today, so we are fortunate at Saling Grove to preserve one of his landscapes in Essex, where he was based for most of his working life. To celebrate his…
Monday, 26 March 2018

Spring Lambing Update: The welcome of new arrivals

Lambs is one of the busiest times for a shepherd during a year. Sometimes we are lucky enough to see & if need be, help during the daytime. It is the unknown night time arrivals that concern us the most especially after the recent snow. 
Wednesday, 07 March 2018

Shinrin-yoku: Forest Bathing

In 1982, Japan launched a national health programme called ‘forest bathing’ or ‘shinrin-yoku’ which means spending more time around trees. No jogging, no workouts just simply spending time amongst trees. It is not just about the fresh air but also helps reduce our stress levels and our blood pressure as…
Thursday, 01 March 2018

Pinch, punch, 1st day of the month, White rabbits

We hope you have good luck this month. 'Pinch, punch, first day of the month, White rabbits!' What is the origin of this old yet rather odd 'Good Luck' saying? It dates back centuries, with the first known written mention in 1420. It is thought to have derived from farmers…
Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Spot the Ladybird difference

As one of Britain’s best loved & colourful group of insects, ladybirds are currently hibernating. Typically different species will usually hibernate in different places  but unusually in this photo you can see they have all grouped together hibernating inside an old farm door. In a more natural environment, they would…
Monday, 26 February 2018

Repton 200: A national celebration Of Humphry Repton (1752-1818)

2018 marks the national celebration of the life of Humphry Repton (1752-1818). Known as the last great Georgian landscape designer & successor to 'Capability Brown', we will be celebrating his life with a talk on 20th May & a Summer exhibtion.
Friday, 02 February 2018

Calving Season Update 2018

Calving season is well underway. Rob and Stephen are doing an amazing job of making sure our small suckler herd are keeping warm and cosy despite the recent bad weather. With daily top up bedding of straw and a constant supply of silage, this is their routine for the next…
Friday, 09 February 2018

Advent of Spring with Snowdrops in bloom?

It is always exciting to see the snowdrops pushing through the ground. With the lengthening of afternoon - hurrah - it is prefect to have brisk, sunny walks around Golden Grove. There are some great footpaths which we supply maps for you to use. Lots of fresh air!
Tuesday, 09 January 2018

Top tips for Caravanners: How to survive the Winter cold

Managing a small caravan site, that is open all year round, I know that winter touring is not for the faint hearted. Based on numerous conversations and troubleshooting ideas, here are some the top tips for your winter caravan adventure!  
Wednesday, 06 December 2017

Repton 200: A national launch

2018 marks the bicentenary of Humphry Repton's death, who was the last great landscape designers of the eighteenth century. Throughout the year, across the country, the Gardens Trust will be coordinating Repton 200 events, celebrating his work. Repton was born in 1752 in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk and then moved…
Monday, 06 November 2017

Shake off the Winter blues: Try Trail Running in North Essex.

We recently had the pleasure of hosting Lindley Chambers & his wife, from Challenge Running Ltd staying at Golden Grove. They were here putting the finishing touches to a number of events to be hosting in the area at the end of December & 2018.
Monday, 06 November 2017

Sustainable Jewellery: From sheep's horn to Rose's wrist!

The horns of our pedigree Jacob sheep are quiet distinctive, especially those of 'Henry' our star Ram! With a little imagination & elbow grease, the black & white horn colours have been shaped & polished into a unique bracelet by Rose our shepherdess!