News from Roland Wicksteed for April 2012

  • National Garden Scheme "Wordsworth Daffodil Legacy trail"

    11:44 21 April 2012
    By Roland Wicksteed, Dave Jackson, Dave Almond, James Archer, Neil Winder, Ben Knipe

    The 1st of April saw the National Trust open Dora's Field in Rydal in partnership with NGS. We had over 200 visitors come through the gates to enjoy the sea of Yellow daffodils and hear the history of this wonderful place.
    Every year NGS gardens across England and Wales welcome about 750,000 visitors. Most gardens which open for the NGS are privately owned and open just a few times each year. Some gardens open as part of a group with the whole community involved. The NGS donate to The National Trust which helps train the heritage gardeners of the future.
    Diane and David from the NGS
    Dave and Joyce our hard working Volunteers
    The day was a huge a success and we would love to do the same next year.

News from Roland Wicksteed

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Ranger. It is a privilege to live and work in this beautiful area; it is unique. I am based at Windermere and Troutbeck. My favourite work is drystone walling and hedgelaying. I enjoy instructing Working Holiday Groups in both of these traditional crafts. Part of my work involves keeping the numbers of "invasive non native species" down as much as possible. I also continue to work on a project, the aim of which is to increase the numbers of the scarce touch me not balsam plants,(yellow flowering plants in the image's background!) which the rare netted carpet moth depends upon for its survival. The numbers of moths and plants are mainly restricted to a few small sites in The Lake District.

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