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5000 Crocus bulbs planted in the gardens in aid of World Polio Day
Last Wednesday on World Polio Day, the Rotary Club of Evesham together with students from Prince Henry’s High School and the Simon De Montfort School highlighted historic progress towards a polio-free world by planting 5000 purple crocus bulbs to add a splash of colour for all to see next spring when visiting the Walled Gardens at Croome Court.
Purple is the colour of the dye placed on the little finger on the left hand of a child to show they have been immunised against polio, hence the name Purple4Polio. With millions of children to vaccinate, this makes it easier to see who has been protected and who has not. Polio is a vaccine preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.
Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative nearly 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year in 125 countries to just 22 cases in 2018 and with just three remaining polio-endemic countries, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.
To sustain this progress and protect all children from polio, Rotary International has committed to raising US$50 million per year over the next three years in support of global polio eradication efforts. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralysing disease could return to previously polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk.
“Chris and I are very excited to be taking part in this very worthwhile project and hope that it will help highlight the work done by the Rotary Organisation to eradicate this awful disease to our visitors” said Karen Cronin of The Walled Gardens at Croome.
The gardens are back open for the season and this year we tried something new by launching a series of indoor and outdoor art exhibitions for our visitors to enjoy. The first 3 artists included metal sculptors Diccon Dadey and Simon Probyn, and local i-phone photographer Shirley Jones.
National Trust garden volunteers from Croome digging out new beds and planting in the walled gardens.
Nothing to see here…
Meanwhile at the top of the garden…
The latest photos of what’s been going on behind the walled garden’s walls…
Special thanks to Peter Young for the snaps.
The walled gardens’ kestrel is back!
A spooky dog walk around Croome…
Progress has been made with the new Mediterranean garden. The curved wall has been partially built, although is on hold due to the cold weather we’ve been having over the past couple of weeks…
Thanks to Peter Young for the photos
The foundations of the water tanks are going in, and the tanks have now been delivered for the 2nd phase of the irrigation system!
Thanks to Peter Young for the photos
There isn’t much for Head Gardener Dave to be getting on with outside, so he’s keeping warm and getting jobs done in the greenhouses
The gardens are covered in snow, but the dogs don’t seem to mind too much…
Sunshine after the rain.
Soup for weeks!
The usual Croome sunset…
Thanks to the Saltmarshe & District WI group for visiting the gardens, and for sharing this fantastic photo with us!
A glorious Bank Holiday Monday in the gardens.
Pershore Arts group have been preparing their Croome Walled Gardens exhibition, and will be displayed and available to purchase until the end of the season in the visitor centre…
For some reason they call these ‘Turks Turban’…
More lines are added to the shop for visitors to browse and purchase.
The gardens are bursting with colour!
Melons, beans, cucumbers, peppers, aubergines and chillis are all growing in the restored glasshouses…
Beautiful indigo blue tomatoes growing in the garden…
A thoroughly enjoyable evening had by all, with the Friends of Croome at our wine and cheese evening last. Thank you to everyone who came and to The deli at pershore for the wonderful spread!
We hosted a holistic grazing conference in our new visitor! Lovely to meet all of the group from Pasture for Life NT Croome and National Trust
Thanks to farmer Rob Havard for the photo.
Filming in the gardens with Trilogy Creative Ltd for something exciting. We definitely picked the right weather for it!
New boards have been made and positioned outside NT Croome visitor reception and the walled garden’s gate, with information on opening dates / times and more…
This little guy has been keeping us company at the garden gate…
We’ve got some goodies for sale in our visitor centre (the start of our gift shop), as well as signed books by Susan Campbell.
It was a pleasure to welcome our first garden visit group from Hanley Castle WI into the new visitor centre
There are over 400 scented David Austin roses in the rose garden and they’re in full bloom…
There are a few plants for sale in the gardens, including various varieties of heritage tomato plants and the Italian plant Agretti.
The herbaceous border is bursting with colour!
Walk along the gardens newly laid paths and you’ll see the purple sensation Alliums in bloom…
The first roses are out in the rose garden
Tulips, Tulips, Tulips!
Mmmmm what’s for dinner?
First blossom showing on the espalier fruit trees we planted last year…
Take a peak inside our new visitor centre…
The Walled Gardens at Croome Court Pershore Arts exhibition at Number 8 Community Arts Centre was a wonderful display showcasing the gardens. Thanks to everyone involved…
We’ve been briefing NT Croome volunteers about the restoration work and progress in the gardens over the winter. They’ll be talking to visitors and stewarding the tunnels when we reopen this season.
Thanks to Peter Young for the photos…
Work has now finished on the visitor centre, but there’s still lots do in some of the back buildings, like the bothy which probably won’t be ready to open at the beginning of the season. Work will still continue in there and it will eventually become part of our museum / gallery. We hope to open the bothy and back buildings to the public by the summer time.
The secret tunnels are going to be open this season too. We are just awaiting our structural engineers report to confirm that they are safe for people to go down. We also have a bit of safety work to do at the front end of the tunnels such as putting in handrails and so on to ensure they are completely safe, but we hope to open the tunnels soon after the Easter opening.
We have been extending the terrace outside the visitor centre which will need to be completed before we open next week to enable our visitor’s access into the new visitor centre safely.
The terrace allows us to redefine the levels from the back gate all the way around and whilst we’ve been doing that we’ve also been putting in our rain water system that collects all of the rain from the back sheds and delivers it down to the dipping pond.
Firstly we had to get all of the sub ground works in, which is now complete. We’re nearly there!
Aerial photos of the gardens taken in July 2015 and April 2017 by Bright Sky Videos spot the difference!
Bright Sky Videos are back in the gardens getting some up to date aerial footage of the progress…
The Irrigation system is the main project which we’ve had to do whilst the gardens have been closed. There’s just over a kilometre of trenches that we’ve needed to dig. When completed It will be a state of the art computer controlled system that will sense the moisture in the ground, and decide if it needs watering and will water the garden accordingly.
We’re currently at a point where we’ve got most of the water pipes in now, the res…t will go in before the end of March. The electrical and data supplies will also go in at the same time. There are 27 service points around the garden which will enable us to tap in to the pressurised water system and mains electrics and there will also be WIFI throughout the garden.
Hopefully by Easter all of the trenches will be back filled and it will be safe to open to the public. If we don’t achieve this in the timescale then we will fence off the trenches that haven’t been filled in. That will conclude the first part of the irrigation system.
Remember that hole we found at the bottom of the garden last year? It turned out to be the remains of what seems to be the last in existence of a George Tod vinery.
We’ve been carefully restoring the back part of the building which is where the heating source is and the seed room. Although the restoration won’t be complete by the time we open, it will be completed during the course of the season and the vinery will be open for visitors to see inside.
There have been various …challenges during the restoration of the Tod Vinery so far, mostly because the building was in such a poor state. We’ve had to literally prop it up as we restored it. There were 2 big cracks either side of the building and it was in grave danger of collapsing. So we had to change our strategy for restoration which is why it’s taken longer than anticipated to do. Also during the process we’ve completely and accurately rebuilt the flue system and the chimney system that lives inside the wall.
Karen catching up with Amy Forster Smith from NT Croome about our new visitor centre, the walled gardens book and plans for when we re-open the gardens from Easter 2017!
Apple tree tags being made by our good friend Judith, have just gone into the kiln…
Jack frost is back!
You may remember last summer we were exploring an archeological discovery of an old greenhouse in the walled garden…well, we’ve been putting it back together over the winter months!
A carpet of daffodils in the walled garden has brightened up our Sunday morning!
It’s all cobbled together
A New Year begins with a new task. An old cobble stone path circum-navigates the Dipping Pond as it connects the Well and the main garden gates. It has been mostly hidden under years of built up mud and dirt until now. We decided to leave it that way in order to protect it from the heavy machinery which has had to roll across the path to get into the garden. So now we’re ready to uncover another of the garden’s secrets
Thankfully we have a stock of cobble stones which we found when we were excavating the furnaces some years ago.