Exploring Mortimer Forest in Herefordshire


Julia Hartley and I are up on Mortimer Forest on the Shropshire/Herefordshire border in England, near the town of Ludlow. The forest covers a hilly terrain, including the marilyn of High Vinnalls which rises to 1,230 ft.

Mortimer Forest was an ancient hunting forest. It is a remnant of the ancient Saxon hunting forests of Mocktree, Deerfold and Bringewood, and later owned by powerful Marcher lords, who had considerable fortified bases at Wigmore and Ludlow. The name of the forest derives from the Mortimers, who were Marcher lords.

The mainly conifer covered forest, with some Douglas Furs and deciduous broad leaf trees on the outskirts, sits on very old limestones and shales laid down by the sea some 400 million years ago.

The forest is under threat from development from luxury holiday homes and hot tubs. Find out more here:
https://www.save-mortimer-forest.co.uk/

A Look at West Dean College Walled Gardens – Part Two


This is part two of my exploration of West Dean College Walled Gardens with my friend Richard Suggett from the Veg Grower podcast. But we have slipped away from the chili celebrations to explore the walled gardens that are also open to the public.

Nestled at the foot of the South Downs, West Dean Gardens in West Sussex is one of the greatest restored gardens open to the public today.

The Walled Garden heave with fruit, vegetables and cutting flowers and are beautifully laid out in a classic Victorian design.

Check out Richard Suggett’s podcast here: http://theveggrowerpodcast.co.uk/

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A Look at West Dean College Walled Gardens


Today I am in West Sussex at the Chili Fiesta with my friend Richard Suggett from the Veg Grower podcast. But we have slipped away from the chili celebrations to explore the walled gardens that are also open to the public.

Nestled at the foot of the South Downs, West Dean Gardens in West Sussex is one of the greatest restored gardens open to the public today.

The Walled Garden heave with fruit, vegetables and cutting flowers and are beautifully laid out in a classic Victorian design.

My videos are funded 100% by people like you. If you enjoy them, please help me make more:

https://www.paypal.me/RichardVobes

Exploring the Sussex Prairie Garden – Britain’s largest!


Today I visit Sussex Prairie Garden near Henfield in West Sussex. I meet up with the owner, Pauline McBride, who takes me around and shows me the incredible garden.

Sussex Prairie garden opened to the public in 2009. They are Britain’s largest “Prairie,” or “Naturalistic,” garden, with eight acres of stunning garden to roam around. Unlike most gardens of a comparable size, they have no castle or stately home! They designed and planted the garden themselves, on Pauline’s family farm in West Sussex. Instead of armies of servants and gardeners, they planted all 35 000 plants with help of amazing friends and family!

Check out the website here: http://www.sussexprairies.co.uk/

The Chili Fiesta at West Dean 2018

Chili Fiesta 2018
Chili Fiesta 2018

Today I visit the Chili Fiesta at West Dean in West Sussex. The agricultural college grounds are given over to the hot and spicy festival of the chili plant. Richard Suggett from the Veg Grower Podcast joins me to explore the fiesta and do a bit of tasting with me.

Find out more about the chili fiesta here: Chili Fiesta 2018

Check out Richard Suggett’s podcast here: Veg Grower Podcast


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Exploring the Stepping Stones of Box Hill


Today I am out on a special jaunt with Julia Hartley and her son, Elijah. We’re in Surrey, in the shadow of Box Hill, part of the Surrey Hills between Dorking and Leatherhead. We meet up with Matthew Holdsworth and his son, Josh, to investigate the ancient ford and crossing point of the river Mole. In place of the ford today are delightful stepping stones which provide a fun way to traverse the river without getting your feet wet.

The walk is peppered with an array of British broad leaf trees, including London Plane, Ash, Oak and Hazel. Others are Box, sloe, Walnut and Horse Chestnut.