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The Hidcote Maize Maze is back and this year it’s a Giant Dragon

Events, Features, Food and Produce, Places by Tony No Comments »

Thursday 24th July to Sunday 7th September - Hidcote Manor Farm, Hidcote Bartrim, Glos.
Hidcote Manor Farm is proud to present the opening of this year’s Maize Maze. This years theme is “scary” and the maze is in the shape of a giant dragon over 200 metres tall.
The most fun you will have getting lost in the countryside. Read the rest of this entry »

Gloucestershire Root, Fruit and Grain Society – Results and Annual Report 2007

Events, Features, Food and Produce by Tony No Comments »

Gloucestershire Root, Fruit and Grain Society logoThursday 24th January 18.30 The Annual General Meeting will be held at their HQ Bisley House

The Gloucestershire Root, Fruit and Grain Society (GRFGS) was established in 1863 and its aim is to encourage the improvement of all forms of agricultural practices and products. Its Patron is The Prince of Wales.

Annual Report 2007 – President’s Report

“Possibly the strangest year on record for agriculture with the confusion of Foot & Mouth and Blue Tongue restriction zones compounded by flooding in July!

Bearing in mind that many people had their houses flooded and their summer totally disrupted, the cancellation of the Tillage Event cannot be viewed as a disaster but this certainly dampened the spirits of members this year.

Throughout these trials and tribulations however, our members have remained buoyant and resilient and this has paid off to some extent with increased optimism in the arable and dairy sectors.”

Annual Report 2007 – Competitions Officer’s Report

“This year we reciprocated the Championship Judging with the Banbury Agricultural Society; another area of which few of us had any great knowledge or experience. As in past years the opportunity to visit and examine the farming in a new territory was much enjoyed by the judges from both Societies.

The flooding on 10th July had disasterous consequences on many farms whether stock or arable, and disrupted our judging schedule somewhat as can be imagined. The only casualty for the Competitions was the Arable Championship which was not finally judged, a big disappointment for those who had entered some excellent crops.”

However, after prolonged scrutiny of the results the Premier Award for the most points won in the Competitions was a tie between Springhill Estate, Seven Wells, Moreton-in-Marsh and Ponsonby Farms, Lechlade.

Boddington Estates, Boddington, Cheltenham won The Farm Championship and for the second year running Springhill Estate won the The Livestock Championship. A new class this year, Oilseed Rape Establishment, was won by Ponsonby Farms and the Kingston brothers from South Farm, Wootton-under-Edge and Tresham Farm, Tresham won The Best Dairy Herd, Best Managed Grassland and Clamped Silage Classes between them.

A full list of 2007 Trophy Winners is included in the Annual Report but our local farm (local to this website) R & J Baldwyn, High Crest, Hidcote Boyce, Chipping Campden had a good year getting equal 5th place for most points scored in the Competitions with the following results;

Arable Championship – Cotswolds Region – 3rd Place (with a 1st Place in the Barley section), Profitable Wheat Class – 4th Place, Malting Barley Class – 2nd Place, Bagged Silage Class -4th Place, Fodder Beet Class – 2nd Place and Best Managed Grassland – 2nd Place. Well done.

Gloucestershire Root, Fruit and Grain Society
BK
Bisley House
Green Farm Business Park
Bristol Road
Gloucester
GL2 4LY
Telephone 01452 880101
www.grfgs.com

100 Years of Hidcote Manor Gardens – Restoring the garden to its heyday

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Noticeboard, Places by Adam No Comments »


Following on from July’s article…

After Lawrence Johnston’s death on 27 April 1958, the National Trust sought to let the manor house in order to raise some funds to help to maintain Hidcote Manor garden and had a freer hand to manage the garden. The furnishings in the house had already been sold at a sale at the property in late 1956 and then work was done to bring the house into a suitable state for letting.

Several prospective tenants were interviewed in September 1958 by the secretary of the National Trust. This resulted in a fourteen year tenancy at a rental of £250 a year being offered to Sir Gawain Bell who accepted it and undertook to furnish Hidcote as soon as possible. His intention was to make Hidcote his home when he retired from the Foreign Office in 1960.

It was evident in these early years that the National Trust had an annual deficit of some £1,000 to £2,000 each year in the running of Hidcote and this shortfall had to be found from the gardens fund. Consequently, when structures in the garden, such as the plant house by the lily pond, fell into disrepair consideration was given to whether to repair or demolish it. Although it was initially decided to repair it, the lack of funds led to a decision to demolish it. Sir Edward Salisbury, director of Kew, visited to identify which plants should be retained in a smaller plant shelter elsewhere in the garden. Read the rest of this entry »

The amazing Maize Maze is ready again

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Maize Maze (c) John RightonJuly 21st – Hidcote Manor Farm Maize Maze opens – until September 9th

This year’s theme is “magical” and the maze is in the shape of a giant Cotswold wizard over 200 metres tall.

This maze was designed by the world’s leading maze designer Adrian Fisher who has been designing and creating puzzle mazes for 21 years. Adrian’s designs have been created in over 30 countries and have won 6 Guinness world records.

The Hidcote maze is cut into a field of fodder maize and interspersed with over 50,000 sunflowers. Bridges and Observation Towers offer a magic sight and scenic views across the Vale of Evesham and to the Malvern Hills.

The giant wizard is over eight acres in size with more than four miles of paths and the whole maze is then chopped down in mid-september and made into silage for the farm’s cattle.
Aerial view of the Hidcote Maize Maze. Photo (c) John Righton
The Maze is open daily from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.

Entrance: Adults £4.75, Children £3.75, Family £15.00 (2 adults + 2 children)

www.hidcotemaze.co.uk

Hidcote Manor Farm, Hidcote Bartrim, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire GL55 6LP
A great way to get lost in the countryside.

100 years of Hidcote Manor Garden continued

Chipping Campden Bulletin, Places by Adam 1 Comment »


In the June Bulletin, the events of 100 years ago when Lawrence Johnston and his mother, Mrs Gertrude Winthrop, came to Hidcote Manor and then the subsequent creation of Hidcote Manor garden leading up to its heyday in the 1930s were recalled. In this article, the transfer to the National Trust in 1948 and subsequent developments at Hidcote up to Lawrence Johnston’s death in 1958 are covered.

In the 1930s, Lawrence Johnston was actively engaged in seeking plants for Hidcote or for his garden at Serre de la Madone at Menton on the south coast of France. He was both a sponsor of, and went on, plant hunting expeditions to places such as Formosa (Taiwan) and to Yunnan in China. When he was at Hidcote, he led an active social life as his diaries for 1929 and 1932 show that there were many coming to see the garden or to play tennis. Towards the end of the 1930s when he was in his late 60s, he spent his summers at Hidcote and the winter months at Serre de la Madone.

During the second World War he was concerned about the taxation associated with living in England and began to consider what he should do about Hidcote. James Lees-Milne, whose parents used to live at Wickhamford, records in his diary that in February 1943 at a luncheon organised by Sibyl Colefax, an influential figure in London society who is mentioned a few times in Lawrence Johnston’s diaries, Johnston took him aside to ask if the National Trust would take over Hidcote without endowment after the war when he intended to live in the south of France for good.

Following the end of the war, Sibyl Colefax wrote in April 1947 to James Lees-Milne who was then working for the National Trust to say “I was over at Hidcote with Vivien Leigh Saturday. Laurie Johnston wants to give Hidcote to the N. T. now. So do get him tied up. You see he is not gaga but has no memory. He told me, indeed took me away specially to talk of this.” Read the rest of this entry »

50 best gardens to visit this summer

Features, Places by Tony 3 Comments »

50 best gardens to visit this summer and six of them are within easy drive of Little Gidding, Ebrington.

The Daily Telegraph Gardening identified the 50 Best Gardens to visit this summer – “Inspirational,uplifting,educational or simply gorgeous – these gardens should not be missed.”
Sudeley Castle Gardens (c) Rick, ligthelm.multiply.com

Sudeley Castle Gardens, Winchcombe,Gloucestershire – half an hour away. “Famous for its rose collection,this organic garden also has herbaceous borders, a wildflower meadow, a knot garden and a romantic garden around the ruined banqueting hall”

www.sudeleycastle.co.uk

Stone House Cottage Garden and Nursery, Kidderminster, Worcestershire – 1 hour away. “A romantic garden set in an old walled kitchen garden where unusual brick follies adorn the walls. In the adjoining

100 years of Hidcote Manor Garden

Chipping Campden Bulletin by Adam 2 Comments »


It is one hundred years ago since Lawrence Johnston and his mother, Mrs Gertrude Winthrop, came to Hidcote Manor. On 22 June 1907. The Times advertised the Hidcote Manor estate, described as a valuable freehold farm comprising some 287 acres and 34 perches to-be sold by auction at the Noel Arms in Chipping Campden on Tuesday 2nd July 1907, with possession on 29th September 1907 – Michaelmas day, when most agricultural leases began and ended. The advertisement said that the farm would be sold together with the: very substantial and picturesque farm house, stone built, with, entrance hall, fine oak staircase, three sitting rooms, eight bedrooms, two box rooms, and usual offices, with lawns and large kitchen garden.

It went on to note that: the farm is particularly healthy, being situate on a spur of the Cotswolds at an elevation of from 500 to 800 feet above sea level and from it extensive views of the counties of Warwick, Worcester and Gloucester can be obtained. Meets of the Warwickshire, North Cotswold and Haythrop [sic] Hounds are within easy distance, and the partridge shooting on the estate is good. Read the rest of this entry »

Romeo and Juliet – The Hidcote Play

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21st June – Hidcote Manor Garden

The Hidcote Play returns with an outdoor performance of Romeo and Juliet performed by the The Lord Chamberlain’s Men.

The Chamberlain Company built the Globe Theatre in 1699. William Shakespeare,being a member of the Chamberlain Company, became� a shareholder in the Theatre. Along with Shakespeare a group of men owned the Globe and this group was called Lord Chamberlain’s Men after a patron of the acting company.

Re-established in 2003 they are now a prestigious open air theatre company and the play� will be performed as Shakespeare intended with an all male cast . Their aims are to revive the traditions of Elizabethan theatre and to bring to life the greatest works of drama without compromising their meaning and integrity.

Seating is not provided so bring your own picnic and rug.

Booking is essential on 0870 300 0579 and tickets are £14.00

www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Hidcote goes to Chelsea

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Hidcote Manor Garden at Chelsea Flower Show

The Centenary of the Arts and Crafts style garden is being celebrated this year.

In 1907 the estate was purchased by Gertrude Winthrop and her son, Major Lawrence Johnston started to create the garden from scratch.

The anniversary is being celebrated with a Hidcote inspired garden at the Chelsea Flower Show which starts on May 22nd.

Hidcote Head Gardener Glyn Jones and his team will be building the garden which has been designed by TV gardener Chris Beardshaw.

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