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* event cancelled* Enchanted woodlands, carol and mummers

Due to predicted weather conditions and warnings we have reluctantly cancelled Sunday 10th Lantern event. Our apologies to everyone for the disappointment this causes (to us all!) . We  intend and hope to go ahead with the Lantern Parade day on Saturday 16th December. Please cehck back here, before setting out.

 

 

Lantern walks in the mushroom village, carol singing and Mummers play 
Join us for the third of our 4 fabulous afternoons full of woodland magic, light, lanterns and entertainment.

As well as the Woodland Walk, craft Make and Takes today also has seasonal entertainment from Castle Bromwich Singers and roustabout fun from Glorishears of Brummagem mummers play

Nature doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Take a lantern and see if you can spot the growing mushroom lanterns village and charming woodland creatures.

FREE MAKE AND TAKE workshops:
Lantern making session: 
Make a lantern from paper and bamboo (takes about 2 hours)
Natural Christmas Tree Decorations:
Make a twig star or glittery pine cone or …
Keep warm with a hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows as you walk around the site together.

TICKETS:
£3 for anyone over 4 years old.
Family ticket £10 Free for Garden members and holders of Family Activity Annual Pass
£3 for anyone over 4 years old.
Family ticket £10 Free for Garden members and holders of Family Activity Annual Pass
[ticket prices are a contribution to covering our charity’s costs for this and other events]

On Saturday 16th December come and join in the grand finale. A Community Lantern Parade …
Take part or just watch…there’s lights, a surprise performance, fun and free hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows.

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Enchanted Woodland Walk and prize draw

The second of our 4 fabulous afternoons full of woodland magic, light, lanterns and entertainment.
Our pre-Christmas offering this year includes enchanting illuminated walks around the garden, spotting our mushroom village houses under the trees, behind the hedge and even up in the branches.

As well as the Woodland Walk each Open Weekend Day has
FREE MAKE AND TAKE workshops:
    Lantern making session:
Make a lantern from paper and bamboo (takes about 2 hours)
    Natural Christmas Tree Decorations: 
Make a twig star or glittery pine cone or …
Keep warm with a hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows as you walk around the site together.

TICKETS:
£3 for anyone over 4 years old.
Family ticket £10 Free for Garden members and holders of Family Activity Annual Pass
£3 for anyone over 4 years old.
Family ticket £10 Free for Garden members and holders of Family Activity Annual Pass
[ticket prices are a contribution to covering our charity’s costs for this and other events]

This year”s Prize Draw will be drawn today … get your raffle tickets well in time…what can you win for Christmas?

On Saturday 16th December come and join in the grand finale. A Community Lantern Parade …
Take part or just watch…there’s lights, a surprise performance, fun and free hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows.

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The Strawberry Tree

  The Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo) is a easy tree or shrub to identify, having both flowers and fruit present at the same time. The strawberry (or I think more like lychee) like fruit take up to a year to ripen, so as last year’s fruits turn red, the flowers that will form next year’s fruit start to appear. The fruit is said to be edible, although not very tasty, which may be hinted at in it’s Latin name ‘unedo‘; coming from unum edo ‘I eat one’ – meaning after you have eaten one you wouldn’t want another one? Having not yet tried one I couldn’t say! Which is good news for the birds, leaving plenty of fruit for them to feast on during the colder months.

A member of the Ericaceae family of plants, most commonly known as heather, the flowers bear a strong resemblance to those of heathers, with bell-like downward facing flowers in small clusters.

You may have also seen this plant in a well known Morris & Co. design, used in fabrics and wallpapers where you can clearly see the red fruits and white flowers.

Have a wander down to the Lower Wilderness to have a closer look at these interesting plants..

 

 

 

 

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Half Term Family Friendly Activites

Drop-in activities for young ones and their grown ups.

Monday to Friday , 12 – 3pm
Simple autumn themed craft makes every day. Bat mobiles, leaf crowns, pine cone bird feeders. Outdoor and undercover activities; make fresh apple juice with our apple press, dig up the last of the potatoes, add to our leafy – land art tree. Ideal for children over 4, but family groups welcome.

£2 per person – everyone over 5 years old. Free for Family Activity Annual Pass holders

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Kale

This week I planted out 40 Kale plants in the Batty Langley vegetable garden that have been quietly growing along in the greenhouse since September. We are trying three varieties, ‘Red Russian’, ‘Cavolo Nero’ and ‘Borecole – Green Curled Dwarf’.

Kale does well over the colder months, so will hopefully add some interest in the garden over the following darker months. As pigeons take a fancy to stripping the foliage off plants in the Brassica family, the precaution of placing net over the kale plants has been necessary to stop them becoming just tattered stems!

I have used two beds to grow the kale in, with 20 plants in each one, and to create a neat formal look the use of a tape measure was implemented to ensure even spacing.

The botanical name for kale is Brassica oleracea var. acephala, ‘Brassica’ being the genus consisting of cabbages, ‘oleracea’ meaning that the plant can be used as a vegetable and ‘acephala’ meaning ‘without a head’, i.e that the plant is loose leafed rather than with a head as many cultivated cabbages have. Kale has a long history as a food crop, being one of the most important green vegetables in Europe up until the end of the Middle Ages.

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Half Term Family Friendly Activites

Drop-in activities for young ones and their grown ups.

Monday to Friday , 12 – 3pm
Simple autumn themed craft makes every day. Bat mobiles, leaf crowns, pine cone bird feeders. Outdoor and undercover activities; make fresh apple juice with our apple press, dig up the last of the potatoes, add to our leafy – land art tree. Ideal for children over 4, but family groups welcome.

£2 per person – everyone over 5 years old. Free for Family Activity Annual Pass holders

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Half Term Family Friendly Activites

Drop-in activities for young ones and their grown ups.

Monday to Friday , 12 – 3pm
Simple autumn themed craft makes every day. Bat mobiles, leaf crowns, pine cone bird feeders. Outdoor and undercover activities; make fresh apple juice with our apple press, dig up the last of the potatoes, add to our leafy – land art tree. Ideal for children over 4, but family groups welcome.

£2 per person – everyone over 5 years old. Free for Family Activity Annual Pass holders

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Half Term Family Friendly Activites

Drop-in activities for young ones and their grown ups.

Monday to Friday , 12 – 3pm
Simple autumn themed craft makes every day. Bat mobiles, leaf crowns, pine cone bird feeders. Outdoor and undercover activities; make fresh apple juice with our apple press, dig up the last of the potatoes, add to our leafy – land art tree. Ideal for children over 4, but family groups welcome.

£2 per person – everyone over 5 years old. Free for Family Activity Annual Pass holders

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Half Term Family Friendly Activites

Drop-in activities for young ones and their grown ups.

Monday to Friday , 12 – 3pm
Simple autumn themed craft makes every day. Bat mobiles, leaf crowns, pine cone bird feeders. Outdoor and undercover activities; make fresh apple juice with our apple press, dig up the last of the potatoes, add to our leafy – land art tree. Ideal for children over 4, but family groups welcome.

£2 per person – everyone over 5 years old. Free for Family Activity Annual Pass holders

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