Tuesday, 4 August 2020

New garden open for NGS

Dear Blogger

Message from Allyson, Shropshire National Gardens Scheme publicity.

Open on Sunday 9th August: Broadward Hall
We're proud that the wonderful, historic landscape at Broadward Hall, Clungunford, will be opening for the first time for the National Garden Scheme in Shropshire on Sunday 9th August.
The whole estate, in the south Shropshire Hills, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and contains a wealth of historic features including a Victorian walled garden (currently undergoing restoration), extensive herbaceous borders, roses, ancient trees including giant Sequoias and other historic elements - there is lots to experience and enjoy at this beautiful garden.
Refreshments will be served on the terrace for all to enjoy in the (hopefully) sunshine!

NB: Due to current restrictions some areas may not be accessible. Dogs welcome on leads.

TICKETS NOW ON SALE at: https://ngs.org.uk/product-category/garden-tickets/the-midlands

Click on the image below for more information:
All tickets bookable in advance from the NGS website: www.ngs.org.uk
Tickets usually go on sale on the Monday before the opening date
Sun 23rd August:  Edge Villa, Yockleton, Shrewsbury: Pictured below: Tickets go on sale on Monday 17th August

Sun 30th August: Sambrook Manor, Sambrook, nr Newport
Sat 5th Sept: Windy Ridge, Little Wenlock, Telford
Sun 6th Sept: Windy Ridge, Little Wenlock, Telford
Wed 16th Sept:  Hodnet Hall Gardens, Hodnet, nr Market Drayton
Sat 19th Sept:  Ruthall Manor, Ditton Priors, nr Bridgnorth
Sun 20th Sept:  Ruthall Manor, Ditton Priors, nt Bridgnorth
Sun 27th Sept:  Sunningdale, Wem
Fri 2nd Oct:  Offcot, Kinnerley, nr Shrewsbury  NEW GARDEN - EXTRA DATE ADDED
Sat 3rd Oct: Offcot, Kinnerley, nr Shrewsbury   NEW GARDEN - EXTRA DATE ADDED
Sun 11th Oct:  Millichope Park, Munslow, Craven Arms
The National Garden Scheme raises money for caring and nursing charities including Macmillan, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Parkinson's UK, The Queens Nursing Institute, Horatio's Garden, Maggie's Centres, The Carers' Trust and MIND, the mental health charity.  The National Garden Scheme also supports gardening apprenticeships and community garden schemes

Monday, 3 August 2020

Sabrina boat trips on the River Severn in Shrewsbury

Dear Blogger

A message from Sabrina Boat Trips.   It looks like a super day to have a gentle, and informative trip down the River Severn in Shrewsbury.

Good Morning,

We have good availability for trips all week. We are finding that on the actual day the trips are filling up a few hours before so only pre-booked tickets are guaranteed top deck seats.

Could we please ask that all tickets sold are booked in with us at the office on 01743 369 741. Please advise customers that the tickets they purchase from you will not guarantee them a space on a particular trip, so they will need to call us in order to book their places.

 Availability of boat trips today are as follows:-

11am – Available

12pm - Available

1pm – Available

2pm – Available

3pm – Available

4pm – Available

Refreshments on board as normal

Please ensure passengers book with us in the office. The link below gives you information of our Covid19 measures if your guests would like to know


We have got a few new theme events coming up including a quiz night, BBQ Cruise, Fish and Chip Cruise, Gin Tasting, Cheese and Wine tasting with Tanners

Take a look here.


Thank you for your support

Many Thanks

Dilwyn Jones


01743 369741 / 07817 404 599



Sunday, 2 August 2020

Heavy horses working on the Cliffe Sunday & Monday 9th & 10th August

Dear Blogger

Message from David Shearan.                                                                                                                                                                                       What a great opportunity for families, and especially children, to see heavy horses at work, as they would have done hundreds of years ago.

Harrowing with Heavy Horses 

Help needed on the Cliffe 

How do you fancy exercising your muscles whilst helping with the heathland restoration on the Cliffe? How would you like to see the heavy horses in action and maybe have a go yourself. Can you spare a few hours on either Sunday 9th or Monday 10th August or both?

The heavy horses will be back that weekend with harrows to scrape up and gather the bracken litter. Teams of volunteers are needed to collect the litter and load it onto trailers so that Rangers from the Shropshire Council Countryside team can remove it.  The bracken litter will be used elsewhere as a mulch.

The lady who manages the horses is offering to run short sessions showing how the harness is fitted and how she works the horses and you can have a go on the reins too if you want.

Anyone can come along and for as long as you like. If you are young and fit and strong then you might want to do several hours or even both days. If you are not so young then you can do as little as you want or just watch the others. Come on your own or as a family but bring gloves and a rake if you have them, and bring refreshments if you plan to stay for a few hours.

Start time is likely to be 9am and finishing time 3pm so you can come along any time within that period.

Please let David Shearan know if you want to come and tell him what day(s) and time(s) suit you so we can manage the numbers properly and safely. 

David's email address is dave.shearan@icloud.com

Saturday, 1 August 2020

See the Meteor Show from your garden

Dear Blogger

It seems ages since we heard from Karen, our Little Ness Astronomer,

Meteor Shower

Info from UK Astronomy Events:

The Perseid meteor shower starts slowly ramping up...The beauty of this event is you don't need any equipment just a coffee or hot choc grab the kids or partner and go out into your garden or a nice dark field and look up.

The peak of the shower happens in the middle of August usually 12/13 but we entered the cause of the shower a dust stream left from a comet in July and won't leave it until the end of August, so the shower of meteors slowly builds up each night to its peak then slowly dwindles back to normality.

These fixed events like the Perseids are named due to the location in the sky from where the meteors radiate, the Perseids are named so because they seem to come from the constellation Perseus in fact from around the ancient hero's head. 

Perseus rises pretty much from when the sunsets I'd say around 10pm onwards to the North East, now if you don't have a compass handy put your left arm out towards the setting sun, your right arm straight out the opposite side, bring them both together in front of you and look up probably slightly to your right you should see a slightly off W in the sky. Cassiopeia the vain queen, Perseus is just below this.

As the night goes on Perseus rises and so you will get a better chance to see the meteors, later in the night some say around 2am will be best so set an alarm and get a hot drink.

What can we expect to see?
Well every year they predict 100-120 an hour but..... your never going to see this amount I'm sorry to say because of light pollution, the moon which isn't to bad rising as a crescent around 2am at its peak but I personally have laid on a field with my wife and counted 67 in around an hour and a half. 

But its unpredictable as its a dust lane left by a comet with dense areas within it so you never know.