The #LoveCultureWeek was from 17 – 23 August but in reality we have so much to see and celebrate in Lincolnshire and our boarders that it simply isn’t possible to fit everything into a single blog. In fact, if I did list everything in one week you couldn’t get around all the fantastic locations in a short time frame anyway! With that in mind, I’ve decided to ‘drip feed’ the blogs for you so that you can plan your adventures for this month, next month or even next year!
Easton Walled Garden
Driving out of the County from Ancaster towards the A1 you’ll see a brown sign directing you to Easton Walled Garden. It’s one of those hidden gems that you really need to make the effort to see. It’s so close to the A1 (Colsterworth) that you might be forgiven for thinking that its probably just a small garden hidden away next to a busy road that will just take an hour or so to glance around and move on. If that’s what you’ve been thinking, you really need to read this and have a rethink.
The gardens are open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays until 27 September. However, with the weather set to change (it’s a dull Autumnal feeling day as I write this on 28 August) over the weekend with Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday forecast to be quite pleasant. It’s a good job then that Easton Walled Garden is also open on Bank Holiday Monday. Make sure that you make plenty of time to wander though as the grounds cover a full 12 acres of gardens. You’ll be able to discover new plantings and the latest additions while exploring the 80m long borders. I’m reliably informed that the plantings have been designed to peak ‘now’ for your delight.
It’s been 400 years in the making (and growing) and has the River Witham flowing through its grounds. The cafe is open for takeaway hot and cold drinks along with the all important ‘cakes’ to keep you sustained during your ventures around the grounds. The shop (both physical and online) is the place to be for your seeds and lovely gifts and there are even holiday cottages for those of you who want to stay for your next local break. I’m sure there is quite a bit that I’ve missed off here so I recommend you visit the Easton Walled Garden website to make your own discoveries. There is no need to book as the grounds are extensive but you will obviously need to adhere to the normal social distancing rules. The gardens are posting on social media of course so for a quick update follow @EWGardens on Twitter.
The boat trips may be cancelled due to the Covid-19 restrictions but the @GranthamCanal (find them on twitter) is still worth a visit. I thoroughly recommend you take your camera with you and be prepared to be amazed! The lottery funded work is really impressive and the volunteers deserve all the praise they can get. You’ll be able to see what they’ve been doing if you search for them on Facebook too. To make life easier I’ve included a link here: Grantham Canal Society If you like what you see you can join the team as a volunteer and/or make financial donations to help the project along. For more information about this project and more canal walks and adventures have a look at the www.canalrivertrust.org.uk website. You’ll find lots of information here including free guides for days out, maps, walking and cycling routes plus much more.
National Garden Scheme
While you’re in the Belvoir/Rutland area you might like to take a visit to some of the lovely gardens in the Rutland area. Redhill Lodge is open on Sunday 30 August for a small charge of £5.00 but you’ll need to follow this link to book your visit: Redhill Lodge
I was going to write about the National Garden Scheme to explain what it is and how it works but, to be honest, I can’t put it any better than the words on the official website so here’s what the site has to say:
“Thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors we have donated a total of £55 million to nursing and health charities, and made a record annual donation of £3.1 million in 2018. Our beneficiaries include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and The Queen’s Nursing Institute.
By opening your garden, you’re not only giving people a great day out – you’re also raising money to help those in need. What’s more, you are joining a community of thousands of other like minded garden owners, all passionate about great gardens and raising money for great causes.”
Here are a few links to earlier blogs which I hope you find interesting. There’s lots going on at #LincsConnect and there is even more planned so please keep an eye to for new features and events.
Christmas Is Coming…
Don’t forget that the #LincsConnectChristmas hashtag along with the #LincsArtCraftHour hashtag goes live on Monday 7 September. ‘Now’ is the time to start your preparations so look out for the hashtags and shop early & safely for Christmas.
Stay safe everyone. Hand washing and social distancing is still the key to our continued success so keep up the good work. Have a lovely Bank Holiday and don’t forget to put your rubbish in the bin or take your litter home with you.