About thegardenimpressionists - Julian and Fiona Wormald
Julian and Fiona Wormald met and married whilst at Cambridge University. Shortly after qualifying we established our own veterinary practice in Bristol which we ran for over 20 years before relocating to West Wales. We have restored our derelict longhouse home and created a garden over the last 27 years, which we now occasionally open for charity, by appointment, for the N.G.S. About 11 years ago we started "The Garden Impressionists" to reflect our current ideas. Our principal gardening influences over the years have included the gardens and writings of Claude Monet, Beth Chatto, Joy Larkom and William Robinson. Incorporating some of their ideas and philosophy into our own garden, alongside our own ideas of what is important for this location and climate, has kept us physically and mentally challenged as the garden has developed.
Another excellent and detailed focus by Julian upon the wildlife in our meadows and grasslands: I’m sure we’re all familiar with above ground wasp nests, but way back in early August, I’d been alerted to the presence of an underground … Continue reading →
Thanks to Isabel for forwarding on information about these 2 surveys which will probably interest a lot of our members and readers: Bee Wild West Wales Bumblebee Survey 2018 Here at Bumblebee Conservation Trust Wales we are looking forward to … Continue reading →
There is often discussion on the possible benefits (nutritional or pharmaceutical) to livestock from the the variety of wild plants in herb-rich grassland, either from direct grazing or from winter feed of hay or haylage. There has been a review of evidence in the available literature carried out by Cath Shellswell of Plantlife.
Second, the PONT conference, “Farming, Nature and Food – Grazing for the Future” is coming up on 7 -8 February at the Dragon Hotel, The Kingsway, Swansea.
Thanks very much for this detailed follow up by Andrew to the short piece I featured in a previous post on a German study hinting at significant declines in insect biomass over a 25 year period. Everyone (well, anyone who … Continue reading →
Thanks to Emma and Isabel for details of 2 new courses in December, which may be of interest to members. Firstly : LANTRA accredited Livestock Checkers training – Tuesday 5th December 2017, Cross Inn, Llantrisant, RCT. Click conservation grazing course stock … Continue reading →
Many thanks to Andrew for supplying details of this upcoming meeting which may be of interest to members… WILDLIFE TRUST SOUTH & WEST WALES YMDDIRIEDOLAETH NATUR DE A GORLLEWIN CYMRU East Carmarthenshire Group ANNUAL PUBLIC LECTURE “POISED ON … Continue reading →
Many thanks to Andrew for this update on some of his hedge laying, at Ffos y Broga: Last autumn we decided to put the treeline on the S side of our middle field back to a hedge. It had clearly … Continue reading →
Very many thanks to Lynne for sending me this piece recently on an amazing (first in Wales) find she made in one of her meadows near Abergorlech. Do look at the time lapse video captured by “Steve’s Nature and Travel” … Continue reading →
Everyone will have heard about how companies often re-brand and spend millions on new logos. So it’s really exciting to be able to include the newly agreed CMG logo above. And explain that it didn’t cost the group any … Continue reading →
Very many thanks for this report and the photos supplied by Andrew, of the recently held manual scything course, which a number of CMG members attended… Having once used an old English pattern scythe many years ago, and decided it … Continue reading →