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Saturday 5 May '12
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The United Appledom

Welsh apple 'Croen Mochyn' in blossom
Welsh apple 'Croen Mochyn' in blossom

Followers of our garden here will remember that the orchard is filled with competing English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh varieties all chosen for their suitability for this windswept spot.

First into blossom on these young apple trees are local variety 'Keswick Codlin', with Welsh varieties 'Croen Mochyn' (pictured) and 'Bardsey Island'. Also interesting to note was the early leafing up of the quinces - an unnamed variety gifted to us by Brantwood, a seedling from the Russian estate of Tolstoy and a new Eastern European variety 'Humbug'.


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Saturday 5 May '12
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The United Appledom

Welsh apple 'Croen Mochyn' in blossom
Welsh apple 'Croen Mochyn' in blossom

Followers of our garden here will remember that the orchard is filled with competing English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh varieties all chosen for their suitability for this windswept spot.

First into blossom on these young apple trees are local variety 'Keswick Codlin', with Welsh varieties 'Croen Mochyn' (pictured) and 'Bardsey Island'. Also interesting to note was the early leafing up of the quinces - an unnamed variety gifted to us by Brantwood, a seedling from the Russian estate of Tolstoy�and a new Eastern European variety 'Humbug'.


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Saturday 5 May '12
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Ducklings massacred, but the apples are in blossom

Keswick Codlin - a local apple going for it as only a local could
Keswick Codlin - a local apple going for it as only a local could

A very tragic recent night when 4 of our 5 runner ducklings were killed by a badger breaking in to their housing, but on the plus our young orchard has been in blossom for about a week - lovely sunny weather after a few very wet and cold April weeks which had them in cold storage.


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Saturday 5 May '12
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Ducklings massacred, but the apples are in blossom

Keswick Codlin - a local apple going for it as only a local could
Keswick Codlin - a local apple going for it as only a local could

A very tragic recent night when 4 of our 5 runner ducklings were killed by a badger breaking in to their housing, but on the plus our young orchard has been in blossom for about a week - lovely sunny weather after a few very wet and cold April weeks which had them in cold storage.


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Monday 9 April '12
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I name those ducks....

Runner ducks - 2nd generation
Runner ducks - 2nd generation

In fact a crowd of people helped to name these, our 5 new runner ducklings hatched ourselves from our own Maurice's eggs....


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Monday 9 April '12
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I name those ducks....

Runner ducks - 2nd generation
Runner ducks - 2nd generation

In fact a crowd of people helped to name these, our 5 new runner ducklings hatched ourselves from our own Maurice's eggs....


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Thursday 22 March '12
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Opportunities for Garden Enthusiasts

Three full-time residential Land and Garden Internships are now available for 4-6 weeks each, to run between�May and the end of September. We are looking for proactive people who are engaged in horticultural study or that of a closely-related subject (e.g forestry) and/or have a keen practicing interest in gardening and land management. Previous experience of practical horticulture is essential.

The produce from Lawson Park Farm farm provides for those working and living at Lawson Park and for food-related projects we run locally, nationally and internationally. The farmhouse is surrounded by woodland and circa 15 acres of land (largely managed organically) that contains ornamental gardens, a new orchard, extensive kitchen gardens, a polytunnel and wildflower meadow. We also keep chickens, ducks and pigs. The gardens open to the public annually under the National Garden Scheme and to visiting specialist groups to whom guided tours are offered.� Under the leadership of resident warden - artist Karen Guthrie - the land has been developed over the last decade with an emphasis on productivity, sustainability and manageability, marrying contemporary elements with traditional materials and features.

Duties will include general garden and land maintenance, establishment of new cultivated areas, propagation, harvesting, arboriculture and animal care. Although the practical work is often routine, you will have the chance to develop and further your personal interests as well as having the opportunity to participate in diverse Grizedale Arts projects. You will be paid £100 per week and we provide full board in the Lawson Park farmhouse.

Please email maria@grizedale.org for an application form and any questions you may have.



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Thursday 22 March '12
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Opportunities for Garden Enthusiasts

Three full-time residential Land and Garden Internships are now available for 4-6 weeks each, to run between�May and the end of September. We are looking for proactive people who are engaged in horticultural study or that of a closely-related subject (e.g forestry) and/or have a keen practicing interest in gardening and land management. Previous experience of practical horticulture is essential.

The produce from Lawson Park Farm farm provides for those working and living at Lawson Park and for food-related projects we run locally, nationally and internationally. The farmhouse is surrounded by woodland and circa 15 acres of land (largely managed organically) that contains ornamental gardens, a new orchard, extensive kitchen gardens, a polytunnel and wildflower meadow. We also keep chickens, ducks and pigs. The gardens open to the public annually under the National Garden Scheme and to visiting specialist groups to whom guided tours are offered.� Under the leadership of resident warden - artist Karen Guthrie - the land has been developed over the last decade with an emphasis on productivity, sustainability and manageability, marrying contemporary elements with traditional materials and features.

Duties will include general garden and land maintenance, establishment of new cultivated areas, propagation, harvesting, arboriculture and animal care. Although the practical work is often routine, you will have the chance to develop and further your personal interests as well as having the opportunity to participate in diverse Grizedale Arts projects. You will be paid £100 per week and we provide full board in the Lawson Park farmhouse.

Please email maria@grizedale.org for an application form and any questions you may have.



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Tuesday 28 February '12
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Orchard finished!

Tomas, not helping in the orchard
Tomas, not helping in the orchard

Lawson Park's new orchard of UK-wide heritage fruit varieties has been finished, with the last few trees from Irish Seed Savers - a heritage nursery in Co. Clare, from whom we have the deliciously named Cavan Sugar Cane, Keegan's Crab, Armagh, and Yellow Pitcher.

I've also pruned the trees that went in last winter and added a quince, Serbian Gold.�

Every tree has received ample well-rotted manure and / or garden compost, and we are trying a biogegradable fibre mulch mat around each to keep off weed growth for as long as possible.


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Thursday 16 February '12
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Chips growing in the wild

From potato guru Alan Romans�we have ordered this year's seed potatoes for planting in the Paddies in early Spring. We like to use my nieces for the job as they don't seem to mind all the bending.

Here are the varieties we are growing this year:
Beauty of Bute,�Cara,�Highland Burgundy Red,�Pentland Squire,�Picasso,�Red Duke of York,�Sarpo Axona


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