Sandringham Newsletter

November – December 2017

The Visitor Centre and Country Park have been busy this month, with MG and Rover car rallies and the Land Rover Run in aid of the Fire Fighters’ Charity taking place. In Sandringham Park, the Christmas Craft Fair in late November was very busy indeed with shoppers looking for Christmas gift ideas or just treating themselves in the Food Hall. There was also a charity horse ride across the Estate raising funds for the charity Break.

In the Gardens, mild conditions have meant that regular mowing has continued throughout the month, and fallen leaves are being collected for mulching. At the same time, lawns have been scarified and herbaceous plants have been cut down for the winter – some of them, like the Gunnera, with stems and leaves folded down over the crowns to protect them during the winter. Thinning work and replanting has taken place on the rockery around Queen Alexandra’s Nest.

Farm staff have been busy sowing winter barley, wheat and oats, as well as harvesting sugar beet, and all the spring cropping on the heavy land has been prepared to a semi seed bed. Sawmill staff have also been busy building up their stocks of chopped logs which are always in great demand during the winter months for domestic wood-burning stoves and open fires.

The Restaurant is now serving Christmas lunches and the Visitor Centre shops have been decorated for Christmas and are offering a wide range of Christmas gift ideas. Christmas hampers from the Gift Shop are once again proving popular, and make a useful present for somebody who already seems to have everything they need. In addition, this year the Plant Centre is offering a range of wreaths and arrangements made by their in-house florist and using both fresh and artificial foliage and berries, as well as planted bulbs and mixed pots.

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