Kevin Sweet's January Gardening Blog


A very happy New Year from all of the staff here at Ashdown Park. As we start to take down the Christmas trees and decorations and put them away for another year it’s a good time to look forward to a new gardening year and all the delights that it will bring. One thing you will notice if you visit us is how wet the ground is which has resulted in a change to the work programme as we can not get on to the ground to carry out certain tasks. It hasn't stopped us carrying out winter pruning and maintenance work around the estate on the dryer areas. We are making sure the drainage systems around the ground is kept in good working order so the ground can dry off as quickly as possible. January is a great time to come and visit us and explore the estate but just remember your wellingtons! The estate staff always enjoys meeting guests and visitors so if you see us around the estate do come and say hello.

Wildlife in the Park

Although the days are still quite short it is amazing what you can see if you look for it. The deer on the estate have always been a talking point and at this time of year can often be seen even closer to the hotel. On my early morning walks I often see two or three foxes looking out for a free meal. Although difficult to see the range of owls we have, they can certainly be heard and with that and the cry from the foxes it can be a bit eerie first thing in the mornings. I have also see some spring bulbs starting to show themselves which is always a positive sign that spring is on its way.

Garden Tips

1. Protect any tender plants from frosts and snow
2. Prune roses and remove any dead wood
3. Tidy up perennials and grasses
4. Dead head winter bedding plants to encourage new flowers
5. Remove any heavy snow off shrubs to prevent any damage

Happy Gardening
Kevin Sweet