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The scorching summer spell is abruptly halted as a dark rain cloud emerges from the south, carrying a payload of much needed sustenance to the local ecology. Several days pass and the rain continues to fall in heavy showers, forever reminding us of the need to recognise the importance of the ‘Dipping Pond’ and it’s historic function within the gardens.

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2008, Walls within walls

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Sometimes it’s hard to come to terms with change, even when you know it’s for the greater good. The integrity of the Walled Garden was first breached in 1999, when planning permission was granted for a garage block to be built within it’s south west corner. This legacy has resulted in the need to construct a new wall along the line of the ‘Hot Wall’, in order to preserve the spirit and general function of the historic site.

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2008, Friends – many Friends – and so friendly

Friends – many Friends – and so friendly

The Friends of Croome gather outside the garden gate as we make a few last minute adjustments to the seating layout on the terrace. It hardly seems like a year has passed since their last annual visit to the gardens when we had the pleasure of hosting forty or so friends in total. This year, much to our delight, numbers had more than doubled. As ever before, the sun eventually made its way through the morning mist, as if not wanting to be excluded from the credits. With twelve months of good progress on the agenda there was much to show and tell, as we zig zagged our way around the gardens.

Thanks again to you all for demonstrating your continual support and appreciation for our efforts. Rest assured that your kind donations will be put to good use. And thank you Mr. Jones for your very warm words. We look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Kindest regards

Karen & Chris

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All photographs were taken by John Willis who has kindly permitted us to use them in this article.