The green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England, is home to the cider apple orchards which surround the gardens of Pear Tree Cottage. They enjoy a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury and Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener! This began in 2010 & follows the weekly ups and downs of garden work chronicling both successes and failures but, above all, demonstrates the fun enjoyed by three people who regularly garden in all weathers


18 November 2010

Dear old Shakenhurst

The Hall

The main drive

Am straying from gardening for a moment. As there has been so much in the press about the sale of this ancient and historic estate and the sad reasons for its sale.  I had the privilege of growing up on Windhill Farm which was  part of the estate .  Lets hope the new buyer of this wonderful old estate does it proud.  Thought I'd put up a couple of photos as I knew it so well as a child and they will probably be the last I ever take.

Who knows?  It might have been wandering alone in the gardens at Shakenhurst aged 10 that gave me my interest in gardening!

Windhill Farm

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