The grounds around Gibside are full of activity and you're sure to see members of our gardening team in their bright red shirts helping to keep on top of the burgeoning plant life.
We've been saving up our grass cuttings for the ranger team to use for making grass snake habitats. Otherwise, the cuttings gets taken to our large compost heaps to help heat them up and add nitrogen.
There's a lot more grass in the walled garden now and keeping on top of it is a full-time job. Time for Peter to break out the John Deere ride-on mower to get those large areas cut down to size and keep the grass the perfect length for visiting picnickers.
Judith and Chris have been helping to stake up the perennials in our herbaceous border too. We use branches and sticks gathered by our ranger team, and weave them into supports that will help to keep our border looking fantastic as the plants get taller. Beech is one of the best trees for this, as its branches are whippy and easily bend and hold together ... the supports look striking, but are also natural, and in no time at all they'll be covered by more foliage.