Out in nature

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…
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…
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 10:36

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…
Friday, 09 February 2018 13:14

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…