Rosy and Robert Hardy get ready for the 2012 Chelsea Flower Show

April hail showers didn’t make life easy for Rosy and Robert Hardy in the run up to the 2012 Chelsea Flower Show.  Rosy says it’s been a matter of ‘fleece on and fleece off’, especially with the large leafed plants which require a lot of protection from the elements. In addition to growing for their […]

Chick hatches after falling 15ft as an egg

An African White-backed Vulture egg that fell 15 feet from its nest and landed on the aviary floor was rescued by  a quick-thinking member of the Hawk Conservancy  Trust staff and placed in an incubator. In a further dramatic twist the chick inside the egg had to be hatched by ‘egg-caesarean’ due to complications during hatching. The egg […]

Sparsholt College student designs for Country Greenhouses RHS Chelsea exhibit

Sparsholt College student Helen Parsons has designed the greenhouse interior and surrounding gardens for the Country Greenhouses RHS Chelsea Flower Show exhibit.  She won a design competition by the Petersfield based company to help them create  their 8m x 8m stand, featuring a 3m x 5m greenhouse. Competition entries were submitted from students studying for […]

Gaze Burvill shortlisted for RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden Product of the Year 2012

The Jubilee Spiral by Alton based Gaze Burvill has been shortlisted for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden Product of the Year 2012. In celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Jubilee Spiral seating can be placed around a small tree or sculpture, or displayed in its own right. Craftsman-made for optimum comfort, this piece […]

Photos of Feathers opening at Hawk Conservancy Trust

Chris Packham opens new Hawk Conservancy restaurant

TV naturalist Chris Packham opened the new restaurant at the Hawk Conservancy Trust in Weyhill last night. He started by giving an interesting speech about the former incarnations of the restaurant, including the very first one in 1966 – a timber clad caravan in the car park which was frequented by scarlet macaws with a […]

Leopold de Rothschild obituary

Leopold de Rothschild died on April 19 aged 84. He was a member of the Rothschild banking family and had a distinguished career in finance; however his greatest passions were classical music and steam trains and he was well known as a leading musical philanthropist. Leo, as he was known, was born in London on […]

2012 British Touring Car Championship at Thruxton Race Report

Round 3 of the 2012 championship was held in changeable weather conditions and provided some very close racing. Gordon Sheddon was dominant and managed to not only win 2 of the races today but also improved from 5th in the championship fight, to 2nd. Results from Thruxton: Race 1 1 – Mat Jackson 2 – […]

Testbourne Community School at Chelsea Fringe Festival

Students  from Testbourne Community School in Whitchurch will be taking part in the new Chelsea Fringe Festival. Their creation ‘The Wheelie Garden’ will be taking to the streets of London for two days in May and the team will be joining other horticulture enthusiasts who want to bring the joys of gardening to a wider […]

Sparsholt students prepare for Chelsea Flower Show

“Each plant has to have at least three uses, such as aromatic, medicinal and culinary” For horticulture lecturer Chris Bird, it’s a chance to take a budding new team of second year students to the show off their skills at the greatest flowers show on Earth – the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. A team of […]