Thursday, 5 December 2013
Did you know that around three quarters of the UK population makes a visit to a heritage site every year? Or that the top reason for coming to the UK given by foreign visitors is to visit our castles, houses and gardens? Heritage tourism is an important economic driver in the UK.
To highlight the importance of the heritage sector and the role played by private owners and guardians of our historic properties, the Historic Houses Association has commissioned a short film. It's well worth a look; please share it with others.
Saturday, 30 November 2013
A lot going on in the garden and on the estate, so watch out for some reports on that - ranging from Peto's rose garden, to Alison Jenkins' new designs for the borders on the terrace for 2014, some stonework challenges, and the excitement of winter garden maintenance.
Meanwhile, here are some photos of the winter transition. For more, you can find us on Facebook here:
Thursday, 10 October 2013
Tuesday, 8 October 2013
Last weekend saw the final round of the Maxxis MotoX championship come to the internationally renowned circuit at Farleigh Hungerford. The organisers have posted the video below, showing some of the action.
Sunday, 6 October 2013
Alison Jenkins produced some brilliantly colourful borders this year. Now, with winter approaching, the team has taken the annuals out in preparation for the first of the perennials to be planted. This is the next phase of our Replanting Scheme which is a three year project to realign the floral element of the garden, to be more in tune with Harold Peto's ethos.
With the warm weather still just about clinging on (although we had a light frosting last night on the top of the hills), we still have some late colour in the garden, and not just from the pots.
Visitors today were treated to a warm afternoon bathed in beautiful, low autumn sunlight which back-lit the leaves of the great cercidiphyllum...
...and here the Vitis coignetiae which blushes through the old (150-200 year old) yew tree by the conservatory.
The venerable chestnuts are changing their costumes too, and in a fortnight or so I would expect to see the beech trees above begin to turn and the acers by the cloister to join in the fun.
Tuesday, 24 September 2013
The evenings are drawing in now that the equinox is passed, and whilst the birds may still be singing and the Indian summer sun breaking gently through the mists, the mellow fruitfulness requires some pruning. Mark, our fruit tree expert has been putting the cordon trees to bed for the year. The oldest apples in the kitchen garden pre-date Harold Peto by quite some stretch, but they battle on (mostly).
Meanwhile, the last of the floral colour in the garden is holding out, while we wait for the trees to change their wardrobe for the 'fall'.
But the trees aren't far behind... so don't forget that Iford is still open on Sundays in October.
Sunday, 25 August 2013
A group of "balsam bashers" from the Friends of the River Frome, led by Dorothy-Anne Bryant, visited Iford today to assist us with the ongoing fight against Himalayan Balsam.
Balsam is an annoyingly pretty, but highly invasive species which is colonising the UK's river banks.
The team of 8 donned their gloves, waders, and other gear and pulled the better part of two tonnes of plants over the course of a couple of hours.
We even deployed the good ship Siegfried.
Siegfried is a former Rheingold dredger from back in the day (no, not really).
It was a lot of fun, and if you would like to join the Balsam Bashers in their essential work to free the bank from this invasive plant, then go to their website here: