A pollinators paradise

date calender icon Posted on Saturday 1st July 2017

An Ecologist visits Yewfield

date calender icon Posted on Monday 29th May 2017

Last week we walked through the land with the ecologist Mike Douglas from South Lakes Ecology.

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Clever bits of kit

date calender icon Posted on Monday 24th April 2017

A case for Sycamore

date calender icon Posted on Sunday 19th March 2017

Over the past couple of weeks we have been planting a variety of trees to diversify…

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Winter work

date calender icon Posted on Sunday 12th February 2017

Apologies for the gap in the blog entries as I have been in Canada celebrating my mom’s 90th birthday.

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Red squirrels at Yewfield

date calender icon Posted on Monday 2nd January 2017

2016 ended on a positive note in terms of wildlife at Yewfield…

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Yews at Yewfield

date calender icon Posted on Sunday 11th December 2016

Winter walking

date calender icon Posted on Sunday 20th November 2016

Time for the chores

date calender icon Posted on Sunday 30th October 2016

Late, great flowers

date calender icon Posted on Friday 7th October 2016

The season is changing

date calender icon Posted on Monday 5th September 2016

A week away!

date calender icon Posted on Friday 19th August 2016

Making hay

date calender icon Posted on Sunday 17th July 2016

A day out

date calender icon Posted on Thursday 7th July 2016

It’s not often that gardeners get a chance for an overnight outing …

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Natures colour fest

date calender icon Posted on Monday 20th June 2016

As the season’s change so do the predominant colours that go with them.

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Good news for Yewfield’s forest

date calender icon Posted on Friday 10th June 2016

Visits to Yewfield

date calender icon Posted on Sunday 22nd May 2016

It has been a week of visits to the gardens and woodlands of Yewfield …

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Ponies, chickens and slugs

date calender icon Posted on Wednesday 4th May 2016

Apologies for missing a post. April was a busy month. For gardeners it has to be the busiest. On the 1st of May we took our ponies away to summer pasture.

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It has been an educational weekend

date calender icon Posted on Tuesday 5th April 2016

It has been an educational weekend especially for thinking outside the box…

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Planting tomorrow’s forests

date calender icon Posted on Sunday 20th March 2016

We have been planting trees up in the larch plantation just off to the left of the footpath up to Tarn Hows…

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Winter twiggery

date calender icon Posted on Sunday 6th March 2016

We all know about autumn colour and the explosion of multiple greens in spring but …

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Good grazers

date calender icon Posted on Monday 22nd February 2016

This wet winter

date calender icon Posted on Friday 5th February 2016

If you live in the UK you can scarcely have failed to notice that last weekend many of us were counting birds in our gardens

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From the ridiculous to the sublime

date calender icon Posted on Saturday 16th January 2016

From the ridiculous to the sublime. Over the past few days sun and snow and sub zero temperatures…

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Hope springs eternal

date calender icon Posted on Monday 4th January 2016

Writing this at the end of December, Storm Frank, the third major storm here in Cumbria this month, is lashing the windows…

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Floods in Cumbria

date calender icon Posted on Sunday 13th December 2015

In spite of experiencing yet another ‘one in a hundred year flood event’ here in Cumbria (the last one was 6 yrs ago)…

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Up here in the Lake District…

date calender icon Posted on Monday 30th November 2015

Up here in the Lake District we have been experiencing one Atlantic front after another…

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Don’t you love November…

date calender icon Posted on Wednesday 11th November 2015

Don’t you love November…

No really. Leaves to rake and stack, garlic and tulips to plant and hay rattle seed to sow. Hay or yellow rattle Rhinanthes minor has to be sown with this year’s seed…

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Harvest

date calender icon Posted on Sunday 1st November 2015

A lingering autumn has almost made up for the miserably damp summer we had.

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Surveying Yewfield

date calender icon Posted on Thursday 15th October 2015

Ever since we arrived at Yewfield 22 years ago we have been asking what grows here and who shares this land with us.

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Pests and predators at Yewfield

date calender icon Posted on Wednesday 23rd September 2015

How to deal with pests and predators at a vegetarian guest house and County Wildlife Site is an ongoing dilemma…

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Managing land in the Lake District with a vegetarian ethos

date calender icon Posted on Saturday 12th September 2015

That phrase sounds like a contradiction in terms. The Lake District’s landscape has been shaped by centuries of sheep and cattle farming. It is still the dominant form of land management here. Grass is what we grow best or so we are told. So is it possible to look after the land and contribute positively to it’s landscape without having to raise sheep and cattle for meat?

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WWOOFING at Yewfield

date calender icon Posted on Sunday 30th August 2015

From April to November we are a host farm for volunteers from an organization called WWOOF…

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Our Bees Are Spoiled For Choice

date calender icon Posted on Sunday 2nd August 2015

It has been largely cool, wet and windy this past week but that hasn’t kept our bees in the hive. The lime trees are still in blossom, bramble in the hedgerow is in full flower, heather on Tom Heights above Tarn Hows paint the hillside pink and purple, clover speckles white and red in the still uncut hay meadows and garden flowers such as geranium, astrantia, campanula and daisy, all good nectar and pollen plants for bees still dance in cool breeze. Next week rosebay willow herb will be out, another favourite bee plant.

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Flower, flowers everywhere!

date calender icon Posted on Thursday 23rd July 2015

In the garden we try to incorporate wild flowers along with more conventional perennials and shrubs to make it attractive to our bees and other pollinating insects. This year has been a good year for our bees and it seems for bumble bees as well as the garden hums with the sound of them.


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Yewfield gardens and land

date calender icon Posted on Sunday 12th July 2015

Welcome to our Gardeners’ Blog. We will be putting entries in every fortnight with the purpose of informing you as to what is happening in the gardens and land here at Yewfield.


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