December in the garden

Moving into December, the garden is now in the grips of Winter, with icy frosts, harsh rain and days of crystalline sun. The days are perishingly short, but the garden team are in full flow, fulfilling a wide range of vitally important tasks. Winter is an exceptionally busy time for gardeners, with heavy tasks such as mulching and leaf clearing a daily concern. The twin borders are currently in the process of being deconstructed, to remove pernicious bindweed roots and to clear through congested perennial plants. It’s back breaking work, but the staff and volunteers are working studiously in this vital task.

We also welcome Sarah Lane as Assistant Head Gardener, who is already having a positive impact on both the team and the very garden itself. She has previously worked at Walmer Castle with English Heritage and we look forward to an exciting new chapter for Godinton