It’s bluebell time by the river
Continuing our series of short videos so that you can see a little bit of what you might have seen if we were able to open.
After we purchased the woodland and riverbank, we cleared years of fallen branches, matted with groves of bramble, all along the bank.
Without any planting, we now have a few rapidly growing patches of bluebells, establishing themselves with glee in the shade of the hazels. The big irony is that for years we’ve been trying to establish bluebells in the garden, with only limited success!
Somehow I managed to stay upright whilst walking/filming – does one look at the screen or the ground? – so apologies for a slightly uneven view.
The river, the Grwyne Fawr, feeds into the Usk at Glangrwyney, delineates the boundary between Powys and Monmouthshire and is a Special Area of Conservation – not bad for ‘our river’!
Yesterday we were delighted to find that we are featured this week on the National Garden Scheme Virtual Tours, which concentrates on the more formal (if that’s not a contradiction at Nantybedd!) parts of the garden. Our video makes a nice counterpoint.
As well as, hopefully, giving you some enjoyment, the other reason for these posts is to ask you to help the National Garden Scheme (for whom we would have been opening for the 15th year at the end of the month) to make up the massive expected shortfall in the funds which they are usually able to give to a raft of really deserving – especially at this time – health and nursing charities.
The NGS is the biggest single contributor to both Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie, usually donating around £500,000 to each every year. Other major beneficiaries include the Carers Trust, The Queen’s Nursing Institute and Hospice UK. At present a shortfall of around 80% is forecast with gardens being unable to open.
Instead of visiting us you can simply click here or scan the code below and make a much needed donation directly to the National Garden Scheme. Please be generous at this time.
I make no apology for repeating this request as the Scheme is so important to the future of the above health and nursing charities and the people who make them work..