Sandringham Newsletter

July – August 2018

On the Farm, the winter barley and blackcurrant harvesting is now complete. The harvesting equipment is being serviced ahead of the main arable harvest which is about to start. The prolonged dry weather is affecting yields of all crops this year.

In the Gardens, the hot and dry weather over the last few weeks has meant there was little need for mowing and weed growth was also slowed. Gardeners have spent a lot of time setting up and moving irrigation equipment to ensure shrubs and herbaceous plants don’t die. The usual summer clipping programme is is about to begin, and the vegetable patch in the Walled Garden is approaching its peak season, producing beans, courgettes and cabbages for the Visitor Centre Restaurant kitchens.

At the pigeon lofts, the young birds have now started to be trained from a distance of 30 miles to both the north and the south twice a day when weather conditions have allowed.

The Sandringham Flower Show on 25th July was as well attended as ever, even in the intense July heat wave. Almost 20,000 people visited and enjoyed the arena events, trade stands, display gardens and fruit, vegetable and produce competitions.

The next event in Sandringham Park will be the Game and Country Fair on 8th and 9th September, always a very popular event, with lots of things to see and do as well as hundreds of trade and catering stands.  

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