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Things will be getting rather dramatic in The Walled Garden on Saturday as Open air Theatre Company Illyria return for the fourth year running. This year guests can enjoy a performance of Babe The Sheep Pig, a play by David Wood which is based on the classic book by Dick King-Smith.

We want to get as many people along to create the perfect atmosphere for the performers, it really is a great show to enjoy with a group of friends, family old and young. So why not bring along a picnic and enjoy this heart-warming tale of friendship, courage and one pig’s determination to save his bacon.

Tickets are on sale from Castle Gardens, New Road, Sherborne Dorset, DT9 5NR and online via www.illyriatheatre.co.uk.

Mike

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We love to support local community projects in any way that we can, especially when flowers and hanging baskets are involved. We were recently approached by Claire Andrews, a Milborne Port resident who set up Spirit of Milborne Port with fellow resident and school friend Andy Maidment. The pair have organised many events in the village, such as the Grand Summer Fete, Spring Market and party to enhance the sense of community, and get everyone involved no matter their age. They have now entered the town into South West in Bloom, so over the next month or so, you may well see them pushing one of our large trolleys as they water the beautiful hanging baskets that line the high street. We are delighted to be able to offer them a solution for transporting the water butts to water the hanging baskets and wish them the very best of luck for when the judges come to town on 08 July.

Mike

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St Paul’s Playgroup in Sherborne is an organisation very close to our hearts, as we’ve got staff whose children and now grandchildren who have attended the playgroup at some point since it opened in 1973. It’s a community playgroup run by an elected committee and a team of dedicated staff and is non-profit making.

So to help it celebrate the big 40, we’ve donated a selection of flowers and pots to line the edge of the playground. Our gesture also marks the beginning of development plans for the outside area to commemorate the significant milestone.

We’re always keen to encourage youngsters who show an interest in the outdoors, and to see excitement in the children about watering the plants and keeping them looking sprightly is just fantastic. Who knows there may even be some budding gardeners amongst them?

We wish the young gardeners the very best of luck for tending to their new plants and look forward to seeing how they develop and flourish over the coming months.
For further information on St Pauls Playgroup visit http://www.stpaulspg.btck.co.uk

Mike

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Despite the fact that we have such high levels of rainfall in the UK, the biggest killer of garden plants is in fact a lack of water. Given the hot and sunny weather that we have experienced in the last week we thought we’d share some tips on making sure your plants can bask in the glorious sunshine while making sure they get enough to drink.

Checking the compost in pots, especially in windy and sunny conditions, is a good indicator of how hydrated your plants are. You can test moisture levels by sticking your finger in and if it feels damp then there is enough water for your plants. In the garden using bark mulches especially composted bark will conserve moisture, reduce weed growth, improve the soil and also keep it protected from damage by inevitable torrential rain.

When it comes to watering, the best thing you can do is take advantage of all of the free water that falls from our skies and collect it in a water butt in your garden, it’s much better for the plants and it’s free! Give your garden a good water a few times a week rather than a little every day and be sure to get out there in the morning or early evening when the sun is less harsh so the water doesn’t evaporate.  If you have hanging baskets then they could do with water every day.

Mike

 

 

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