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Park receives £4.6m for restoration of garden buildings

Posted by Click4Garden on October 24, 2011
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A park in Milton Keynes has been allocated a sum of £4.6m from the lottery fund. This welcome sum is to help restore garden buildings where the World War II code breaking activity took place.

Bletchley Park Trust will be using the money to renovate the code-breaking huts; however in order to finish the project the Trust has a further £1.7m to raise.

The derelict garden buildings are at risk of collapsing very soon if they are not restored shortly. It’s a race against the clock to save these snippets of WWII history.

Museum operations director Kelsey Griffin said:

“[The code-breaking huts] are certainly not going to last through one or two more bad winters, they are really no more robust than a garden shed. At the moment visitors can’t go in them because they risk falling through the floors.”

The code breaking work which was so essential to the war effort was performed right in the park, in these buildings which now need so much attention. Bletchley Park made massive advances in technology, including cryptography.

In order to receive the £4.6m lottery fund allocation, the park will first have to raise the £1.7m needed to complete the project.

Bletchley Park has therefore started a fundraising campaign called ‘Action this day’. This is a phrase coined by Winston Churchill following a letter from the code-breakers stating their desperation for resources. Upon receiving this letter Churchill ordered: “Action this day! Make sure they have all they want on extreme priority and report to me that this had been done.”

Bletchley Park has so far seen numerous donations from technology organisations and Stephen Fry, television personality, has also lent his support.

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Amroth gazebos hidden treasure

Posted by Click4Garden on October 19, 2011
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The summer house at the Colby Woodland Garden near Amroth has been hiding a beautiful secret; locked up for many years the gazebo has now been opened to the public.

On show inside the garden building is the work of muralist Lincoln Taber. Taber trained in Florence before moving to the UK where he then decorated the inside of the gazebo.

Up until now visitors could only peer through the windows; however the gazebo will now be open to the public daily.

Inside the gazebo, the walls are decorated with clematis, painted beneath are wine glasses and a bottle of champagne. This is thought to reflect what Taber imagined the gazebo should be used for – dinner parties.

Higher up inside the gazebo, the American artist also painted fake windows where a heron can be seen flying past. The ceiling, showing the signs of the zodiac, represents the eight people involved in the project.

The gazebo also sports a fake door with a view of a path down the garden, the real doors open into the actual garden.

Taber was born in California but travelled all over Europe. On a trip to Spain he met Salvador Dali and trained in Florence with Nerina Simi, thereafter he worked with Annigoni. Taber finally settled in England in 1967.

Steve Whitehead, head gardener said: “It is the perfect place to sit and relax and now there’s the added attraction of being able to gaze at the interior of the gazebo.”

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Market rallies together following gazebo theft

Posted by Click4Garden on October 19, 2011
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Stealing gazebos, market stalls and Christmas lights, the thieves did not spare any thought for the market traders left without means to sell their stock.

Crowle Market had ten steel market stands stolen, as well as 12 gazebos and Crowle Lights Committee’s Christmas lights. The thieves barged their way through locked metal gates into the lock-up near Market Place.

The locked unit doors were smashed and it is thought the thieves made a run for it between 6 September 2011 and 10 September 2011. The discovery was made when a committee member went to open up the unit on Saturday morning in preparation for setting up the stalls.

Crowle and Ealand Councillor Town Councillor Ron Stewart hopes the thieves will be caught.

He said: “It’s the curse of Crowle Market – although some markets have been held in Crowle Market Place over the past year following its redevelopment, each has suffered some drawback, principally weather. It is sincerely hoped that a more modern detection method of identifying the culprits will be found on CCTV footage, rather than Sherlock Holmes type deductions.”

The theft almost stopped the market from taking place, but the market traders and businesses rallied round putting together make-shift stalls and allowing the market to go on and have a successful day.

Resolute on not letting the thieves get the better of them, the organisers have promised to do everything in their power to replace the stolen items before the next market (6th October 2011).

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CLICK4GARDEN’S NEW WEBSITE

Posted by admin on March 24, 2011
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We have all been working hard here at Click4Garden to bring you a new, fresh, uncomplicated website. Here it is! We are very excited by some of our new functionality – particularly the chance to bring you, our valued customers, enhanced product photographs. The zoom facility will allow you to look closely at the products before purchase; this, together with the upload of product assembly instructions, specification sheets and ‘how to build..’ tips, will reassure you of our continued commitment to deliver the best customer support on-line.

Naturally, in spite of extensive testing, there may be some teething problems! Please do let us know of anything that appears untoward. Feedback would be much appreciated and will help us deliver the first class personal service we pride ourselves on.

Enjoy shopping with us and thank you for your support.

Clare

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The Garden wakes up

Posted by admin on April 06, 2010
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At last the garden is waking up after the gruelling winter weather. The grass is recovering its colour and the first shoots are coming through. You need to get ready for the growth that will surely follow. Think about fitting trellis to walls as climbing frames or use it to divide your garden into ‘rooms’.

Trellis is really useful in the garden and there are many types of trellis on the market. You can also buy many shapes and sizes. We prefer the Elite Lattice Trellis – it is a sturdy trellis made in FSC pressure treated timber for a longer life. The Elite Lattice Trellis can also be stand alone as a fence or screen – ours is up against a wall. Click4Garden has a wide choice of trellis – you need to have a look as there is something for every garden and every use in the garden – roses, clemetis, honeysuckle or other climbing plants. What about using trellis as a screen for your compost area, your oil tank or rubbish bins.

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February here at click4garden.co.uk

Posted by admin on February 01, 2010
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It has been a long time since we wrote the click4garden.co.uk blog but the freezing grips of this winter have not allowed for any gardening thoughts and even a little bit of garden tidying up here at the click4garden.co.uk garden was out of the question. Our time was spent digging snow and gritting pathways. However, it did look beautiful during the freeze up. All the standing grasses held on to the frost and were stunning to look at, particularly when the sun shone. The cobwebs and seed heads swayed gently in the wind and it really was a frozen white wonderland.

Our big pond here at the click4garden.co.uk offices froze solid and we were able to walk the whole way across – if we had had skates we could have skated and, what with the surrounding white countryside, it would have looked like one of those oldly worldy Christmas card scenes. The water comes into the pond off the fields and the water coming out of the pipe froze into an icy waterfall. The fish were fine – way down below the ice. However, the poor ducks suffered and although we feed them they decided to go to our neighbours. The neighbour’s pond is sheltered by trees and a small amount of it remained unfrozen. We are now trying to entice the ducks back but so far no success!

The lawn on the click4garden.co.uk garden froze as well – it is a wet lawn at the best of times and now is completely saturated. We will have to drain it at some point but in the meantime everyone is forbidden from walking over it. However, that doesn’t prevent the birds and our garden seems to have become a haven for game birds. We regularly have pheasants and partridge on the walls and strutting around the garden after the hens. Our hens have started laying! Only yesterday we found two clutches of eggs; they are tiny white bantam eggs from our trio, plus one, of little brown bantams. They are completely free range and fly in and out of their house every night; we do live in fear that the fox will get them but they have very happy lives doing their own thing around the farm, the click4garden.co.uk garden and click4garden.co.uk offices.

Our snowdrops are out at the click4garden.co.uk offices! We noticed them yesterday – they haven’t opened yet but there they are ….little white spears peeping out of the ground.

Click4Garden.co.uk has a new range of garden products, garden ideas, metpost, new garden arbours and raised flower beds. Now is the time to be considering garden edging. Surf the net and have a look. Good prices and all home delivered.

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Our garden in March

Posted by admin on March 27, 2009
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What amazing weather we have had this March. Our garden is suddenly coming to life. The daffodils have all come out, the pink magnolia flowers are hanging off the bushes (they are south facing and out of the wind which helps) and our Forsythia is stunning this year. Forsythias are hardy shrubs which stand near total neglect and fit into large or small gardens. They are a delight at this time of year when hardly anything is flowering in your garden sp why not plant some up against some trellis in preparation for this time next year?

Trellis is really useful in the garden and there are many types of trellis on the market. You can also buy many shapes and sizes. We prefer the Elite Lattice Trellis – it is a sturdy trellis made in FSC pressure treated timber for a longer life. The Elite Lattice Trellis can also be stand alone as a fence or screen – ours is up against a wall. Click4Garden has a wide choice of trellis – you need to have a look as there is something for every garden and every use in the garden – roses, clemetis, honeysuckle or other climbing plants.

We have to mow the lawns this weekend – the main lawn has now dried out enough so the lawnmower shouldn’t sink into it! The first cut always instantly transforms the garden from winter into spring.

Fingers crossed for good weather – check it out on the click4garden weather page. Bye !

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January chill

Posted by admin on January 20, 2009
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It has been a long time since we wrote the blog – sorry – the festive season was really busy and there wasn’t any time to get into the garden. The weather wasn’t exactly conducive to any form of gardening, even a little bit of tidying up was out of the question. However, it did look beautiful during the freeze up. All the standing grasses held on to the frost and were stunning to look at, particularly when the sun shone. The cobwebs and seed heads swayed gently in the wind and it really was a frozen white wonderland.

Our big pond froze solid and we were able to walk the whole way across – if we had had skates we could have skated and, what with the surrounding white countryside, it would have looked like one of those oldly worldy Christmas card scenes. The water comes into the pond off the fields and the water coming out of the pipe froze into an icy waterfall. The fish were fine – way down below the ice. However, the poor ducks suffered and although we feed them they decided to go to our neighbours. The neighbour’s pond is sheltered by trees and a small amount of it remained unfrozen. We are now trying to entice the ducks back but so far no success!

The lawn froze as well – it is a very wet lawn at the best of times and now, following the thaw, is completely saturated. We will have to drain it at some point but in the meantime everyone is forbidden from walking over it. However, that doesn’t prevent the birds and our garden seems to have become a haven for game birds. We regularly have pheasants and partridge on the walls and strutting around the garden after the hens. Our dear hens have started laying! Only yesterday we found two clutches of eggs; they are tiny white bantam eggs from our trio, plus one, of little brown bantams. They are completely free range and fly in and out of their house every night; we do live in fear that the fox will get them but they have very happy lives doing their own thing around the farm and garden.

Our snowdrops are out! We noticed them yesterday – they haven’t opened yet but there they are ….little white spears peeping out of the ground. More ice last night and no doubt more to come.. can’t complain though, it is better than rain!

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Winter weather

Posted by admin on December 10, 2008
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Hi there, our blog is taking shape and it is great to see a few people writing to us. Hasn’t the recent weather been just awful? Doesn’t everything take just so much longer. We have a little farm here as well as a lovely garden and keeping the animals watered has been a hard task, every morning we have to crack the water buckets and hope the taps aren’t frozen! On the up side though, the frost looks so beautiful on the grasses that we have left standing in the garden. The ponds are frozen but we have taken the precaution of floating something in them to stop them completely freezing over as we don’t want to lose our goldfish and our frogs. We have a big pond at the bottom of the fields and recently we have been seeing alot of ducks come in to feed – they look fantastic as they come into land…they circle like planes and then drop their landing gear (legs!) and drop onto the water. It’s a wonderful sight.

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