SCHOOLCHILDREN from Somerset are this month (April, 2017) being invited to visit a Christmas tree farm in the county for an educational day out.
Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm, which is based at Middle Hill Farm in Langford Budville, is offering schools in the area to get in touch if they would like a tour of its working farm.
Reg Hendy, owner of Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm, said: “We’re based over 40 acres and a woodland runs the length of the plantations, either side of a stream. This area is home to a multitude of plants and wildlife, in particular rare lesser spotted orchids, deer and occasionally otters.
“We would like to invite schools in the area to visit us for a school trip. We will take them on a guided tour of the plantation and explain to them how we farm the Christmas trees and also how we help and attract wildlife to the farm.”
Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm, which is well-known for its home grown, freshly cut Christmas trees, is a family run farm located close to the nature reserve Langford Heathfield, a mile outside of Langford Budville in Somerset.
The farm is owned and run by Reg and his wife Ann and their two sons, Shaun and Nick. The family has been growing and selling Christmas trees for more than 20 years.
To book a visit to Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm, which is based at Middle Hill Farm in Langford Budville near Wellington, please call 01823 400476 and speak to Nick Hendy.
For more information about the farm, please visit www.langfordlakes.co.uk, follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LangfordLakes or log on to www.facebook.com/LangfordLakesChristmasTreeFarm/.
FERN sales have seen a surge at Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford as it announces a 44% year on year increase (March 2016 until the end of March 2017).
The company says it feels this is due to the plants being on trend in the retail, amenity landscape and domestic landscape markets.
Adam Dunnett, Sales and Marketing Director at Wyevale Nurseries, said: “It’s fantastic news. There are few factors for the increase in sales such as the interiors colour trend for 2017 being that of ‘Greenery’ and botanical and ferns feature in prints and on fabrics. Our increase in fern sales would support this new trend.
“Ferns seem to be very popular not just because of their colour but also for their texture and the fact that they can be a standalone plant in a pot for any patio.
“We have also revamped our fern range and we now believe we grow the best of the best in terms of variety. Our top five varieties at the moment are Polystichum polyblepharum, Dryopteris erythrosora, Asplenium scolopendrium, Cyrtomium fortune and Polystichum setiferum Herrenhausen.
“We’re also growing a new variety, which is called Blechnum brasiliense ‘Volcano’. It’s a stunning architectural plant and in spring the young fronds erupt in bright coppery pinkish red. As they mature they turn to a rich dark green. It’s a strong growing plant with a shuttlecock shape. The ‘Volcano’ is also an ideal stand along feature plant.”
The product selection available from Wyevale Nurseries is enviable across the industry and the talented team regularly introduces new, award-winning plant varieties.
Its main business is to supply garden centres, landscape contractors, local authorities, foresters and landowners with a comprehensive array of trees, shrubs, hedging, herbaceous and specimen plants.
For further details about Wyevale Nurseries, which is based in Hereford, please call 01432 845 200, visit www.wyevalenurseries.co.uk, follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WyevaleNurs or log on to www.facebook.com/WyevaleNurs.
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CHILDREN from Somerset can get up close to some furry friends and some slimy ones too during a Cuddle Club being hosted by a garden centre in the county this month (April, 2017).
The Pet Centre at Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre is hosting the Cuddle Club on Saturday, April 15 from 10am until 4pm and will have a variety of animals for youngsters to meet including rabbits, ferrets and snails.
Leah Jones, Pet Centre Supervisor at the award-winning, independent, family-run garden centre at Monkton Heathfield near Taunton, said: “It’s really important for children to be confident around different animals so we’ve launched our Cuddle Club so little ones can meet a variety of different animals and find out all about them.
“We’ll have rabbits, ferrets, snails and more for children to meet and hold as well as a variety of activities, including colouring, a tombola and a mini pet-themed treasure trail.”
The tombola will cost £1 per strip or three strips for £2 with all proceeds going to the Marine Conservation Society. People can purchase tickets and try their luck on the tombola on the day and the prizes will include dog and cat treats, a month’s supply of James Wellbeloved dog or cat food, sweets, chocolate, pet blankets and small animal treats.
Children will also be able to take part in a mini pet-themed treasure trail. They can pick up a treasure trail form and hunt around the Pet Centre for six different animal pictures. Once each one is found and they have filled in their form they can hand it in to the till area to receive a bag of sweets.
Leah added: “We hope lots of people bring their little ones along for a fun-filled day. It’s a great opportunity for them to meet some animals they might otherwise not normally come into contact with and take part in fun activities.”
The Pet Centre Cuddle Club will take place in the Pet Centre at Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre on Saturday, April 15 from 10am until 4pm.
For more information, please visit the garden centre, which is located just off the A38 at Monkton Heathfield between Bridgwater and Taunton, call 01823 412381, visit www.monktonelmgardencentre.co.uk, log on to www.facebook.com/Monktonelm or follow the company on Twitter by visiting www.twitter.com/Monktonelm.
Porcupine PR team