The Saling Grove Blog

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 12:31

6 facts about our precious bees

With the blossoms bursting and the warm weather balming our days, look out for the humble bees. They are essential to life as we know it and much of the food that we grow here would not be possible without…
Tuesday, 12 March 2019 08:56

Signs Of Spring's Arrival

Winter is departing and spring magic is in the air. These are some signs that you should look out for when you come to visit or stay with us in the Essex countryside. Birdsong: The Great Tit From the start…
Monday, 05 November 2018 13:47

Apple Crumble with an Italian twist

We've introduced apple crumble to the Italians and they have put their own twist on it. With a little granola, hazelnuts to accompany the plentiful apples this autumn, it all tastes wonderful. 
Saturday, 04 August 2018 12:14

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.
Tuesday, 12 June 2018 08:59

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.’
Thursday, 24 May 2018 12:03

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…
Tuesday, 24 April 2018 20:10


Frou-frou: Make this delicious & visually stunning cake with the 'made in heaven' taste combination of raspberry & coconut.   The word 'frou-frou' orignates from French around 1730s & is meant to represent the sound of the rusting silk. 
Monday, 16 April 2018 11:28

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…
Friday, 13 April 2018 18:03

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 19:22

Exhibition: Celebrating the Life of Repton

The great landscape designer of Georgian England, Humphry Repton was both innovative & prolific.
Monday, 26 March 2018 14:37

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…
Wednesday, 07 March 2018 17:00

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…
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