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Firsby,  Spilsby,   Lincolnshire  PE23  5QJ

OPEN SUNDAY 10th April ( 1-4.30pm)
 5m E of Spilsby.  From Spilsby take B1195 to Wainfleet all Saints. In Firsby, turn R into Fendyke Rd. Firsby Manor is 0.8m along lane on L 
The garden at Firsby Manor, the home of David & Gill Boldyopens on Sunday 10th April for the National Gardens Scheme and again on Sunday 29th May.
Firsby Manor is a garden of three acres surrounding a Georgian farmhouse comprising several distinct interlinked areas which vary in colour and mood. There is a woodland with mature trees and a profusion of bulbs: daffodils succeed snowdrops and are followed by bluebells. The grounds around an adjacent pond are allowed to grow wild encouraging wildlife and butterflies to thrive. The 'secret' garden is sheltered by yew hedges and an old north facing wall with hostas and ferns facing more tender plants in the south border. A shingle drive, with cottage garden favourites on either side, leads to the main lawn where the garden is still evolving. There are shrubs of different greens and texture and white flowers to compliment the simplicity of the house. Lastly, a red border inspired by Hidcote comes into its own when dahlias are in flower, but in late spring it is full of tulips
Admission £2.50  Children free
Most of garden accessible by wheelchair, but no disabled WC
Dogs on leads welcome
Light refreshments and Teas
Visitors are also welcome by arrangement Feb to July. Admission £2.50
The National Gardens Scheme raises over £2.6 million every year for national nursing, gardening and other charitable causes.  It is the single largest benefactor to Macmillan Nurses and Marie Curie.

21 Chapel St. Hacconby, Nr Bourne
PE10 0UL
Open Sunday 10th April
3m N of Bourne, A15 turn E at xrds into Hacconby
The garden at 21 Chapel Street, Hacconby, home of Cliff and Joan Curtis opens on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th February (11am-4pm), Sunday 10th April and also on Sunday 25th September for the National Gardens Scheme.
Out of an old farm yard plot covered in rubbish and old sheds behind an 18th century cottage, Cliff and Joan Curtis have created a small walled garden with a paved area, a pool, a large alpine planted area and intensively planted beds and borders.  This is a garden full of interesting plants. In February the snowdrops are spectacular with other spring flowering bulbs and in autumn there is colour with asters, dahlias, salvias and many autumn flowering yellow daisies. Keen gardeners will find that Cliff and Joan are extremely knowledgeable plants people who are very happy to share their wealth of experience and love of gardening and their gardening tips are well worth hearing.
Plants for sale.
Home-made teas and hot soup in Feb
Admission   £3   Children free.
Visitors are also welcome by appointment. Tel.
The National Gardens Scheme raises over £2.6m every year for national nursing, gardening and other charitable causes. It is the single largest benefactor to Macmillan nurses and Marie Curie

Grimsthorpe Castle
Bourne PE10 0LY
Open on Sunday 10th April  (11am-5pm)
3m NW of Bourne.  8m E of A1 on A151 from Colsterworth junction
This is a wonderful opportunity to see the gardens at Grimsthorpe, which open for the National Gardens Scheme on Sunday 10th April and again on Wednesday 8th June  (11am-5pm). There have been gardens at Grimsthorpe since Tudor times.  They have evolved over the centuries and now offer 15 acres of formal and woodland gardens including bulbs and wild flowers in a magnificent setting.  Formal gardens, immaculately kept, encompass fine yew topiary, rose parterres, herbaceous borders and an unusual ornamental kitchen garden. Gravel paths.
Gardens only £6  Children £2.50
The National Gardens Scheme in the last 10 years has donated over £22 million to nursing and caring charities.  It is the single biggest donor to Macmillan Cancer Support, and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Burghley House Private South Gardens
Stamford PE9 3JY
Open on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th April (11am-4pm)
1m E of Stamford. From Stamford follow
signs to Burghley via B1443
The Private South Gardens at Burghley House will open for the National Gardens Scheme on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th April (11-4pm) with spectacular spring bulbs, magnificent trees and the opportunity to enjoy Capability Brown’s famous lake and summerhouse.  Entry to the Private South Gardens is via the Orangery. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to see these very special gardens.  The Garden of Surprises, Sculpture Garden and house are open as normal.  Regular admission prices will apply.
Admission to the Private South Gardens  £3.50,  Children £2.
Plants for sale
For other opening times and information, please ‘phone or see garden website.
In the last 10 years the NGS has raised over £22 million for nursing, caring and gardening charities.

Families Enjoy Gardening Workshop

Green-fingered families enjoyed a special gardening workshop as part of our SHout and About competition.
The event took place at Silverwood Garden Centre in Long Sutton recently.
Participants leaned how to fertilise and care for plants as well as enjoying a variety of gardening-themed games.
They also got to take away a hanging basket of pansies and herbs.
Similar workshops were held in Holbeach, Spalding, Crowland and Donington led by Rick Aaron from Lincolnshire Master Gardeners with those taking part earning competition points.
The workshops covered composting, the master gardener programme and seed planting.
SHout and About runs for the next nine weeks and invites people to take part in weekly fun activities including arts, crafts, walking, exercise classes, cooking, gardening, dancing and much more.
By completing the activities, participants are awarded points which go towards winning a series of prizes.
Run by South Holland District Council’s Community Development Team and funded by Leisure in the Community, the competition is open to everyone in the district and people can enter as individuals, families or in small groups (the maximum number is seven).
Competitors can choose to sign up for the contest in five areas – Spalding, Donington, Crowland, Holbeach or Long Sutton and Sutton Bridge – but activities can be completed anywhere in the district.
The team/family/individual with the most points in each area at the end of the competition will win a grand prize of £200 worth of vouchers.
For more information about SHout and About or to get an entry form contact the Community Development Team on or email .

Click here to download an entry form.  

The Students Gardening Show
With thanks to the Waynflete Charitable Trust for controburting towards the cost of hiring of Tulip Radio's Studios. Our younger volunteers put together a gardening show for the local community. Digging through books and websites for top gardening tips, Callum’s team diligently gathered the material to discuss on air. As Adam started to structure the first show for us, Josh and Jake complied a script. With the material edited down by Harvey and Christopher, their next step was to advertise the show. The youngsters did this themselves as well, harnessing the power of social networks as well as creating more traditional promos for the show.

Click here for more information about the Waynflete Charitable Trust


With thanks to 02 Think Big Funding Project, Tulip Radio broadcast 8  Young Gardeners Shows involving the younger Volunteer Presenters about the Local Community.  Thanks to Callum, Adam, Ross, Jake, Josh and Harvey for giving up their time to present these shows and the trainers for their help and support.  Have a listen below to hear some top tips about your garden.
January & Febuary Shows

March & April Shows

June & July Shows

August & September Shows

South Holland Kitchen Garden Project

Healthy Growing, Healthy Eating!

This exciting project supports local communities to get involved with healthy cooking and community growing. It aims to promote healthy eating and supports communities to grow their own produce. Free support and advice is available to individuals, households and community groups, along with access to community gardens for growing your own produce. The believe that everyone can grow their own food, whether in a garden or allotment, on a windowsill or on communal land.

At present there are several community growing sites in Spalding and additional sites in Holbeach St Marks and at Hovenden House, Holbeach.
If you would like to get your 'hands dirty' or are interested in finding out more about the Community Growing Spaces, please contact- Rick Aron on or email .
You can also visit several websites for information on growing your own food, including: