Bees are essential pollinators
With a keen eye on creating sustainable habitats for British wildlife, Ashridge Nurseries has pledged to ensure that its nursery plants are grown in peat-free composts, and without neonicotinoid-based pesticides.
As one of the UK’s leading online suppliers of hedging, ornamental trees, fruit trees and roses, Ashridge Nurseries has a longstanding environmental ethos and believes strongly in enhancing and creating natural wildlife habitats.
We have an established relationship with wildlife organisations, including the RSPB. And many of the nursery’s trees, shrubs and plants play a special role in supporting native wildlife through shelter, food and pollination.
In light of recent findings into the sustainability of peat resources and the impact of neonicotinoids on pollinating insects, we have made two very firm commitments to our customers and the environment at the start of the growing season.
There are very few gardeners who fail to fall for the many charms of lavender – what is that you love about this beautiful, heavenly-scented and versatile plant?
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has long been recognised for its numerous uses, medicinal ones in particular.
The Egyptians used it in the embalming process; soaking the shrouds in lavender infusions helped to preserve the mummies. The Ancient Greeks used it as a remedy for a huge number of ailments, and they were the first people to discover its sedative attributes as a cure for insomnia.
The Romans praised it for its antiseptic qualities, and used it in bathing and washing clothes. And it has been used in battles as a dressing for wounds – in the First World War it was included in soldiers’ first aid kits.
Yarlington Mill apples are a popular choice among
both amateur and professional cider makers
Cider making is not only an ancient tradition in this country, it is an important aspect of British heritage.
The Celts are known to have held the apple in extremely high regard, and there are numerous references in Celtic mythology praising it as a symbol of fruitfulness and immortality.
The apple had many uses in Celtic civilization, but perhaps its best-loved application was the production of a cider made from crabapples.
The art of cider making was improved further by the Romans, who planted well-ordered orchards of and caring for cider apple trees, and developed equipment to press the apples.
However it was following the Norman Conquest of 1066 that caused the popularity of cider to rise significantly, and cider production spread far and wide.
Apples, pears, blackberries, hazelnuts,
Yes, it’s supposed to be Spring, but it feels far from it.
So, along with the genius chefs at The Devilled Egg, we’re going straight down the comfort route and bringing you the ultimate crumble… enjoy!
It’s loaded with fruit – apples, pears, and blackberries. And it’s topped with a tasty crumble of oats, hazelnuts and pistachios. And a touch of cinnamon to warm things up.
Ultimate fruit and nut crumble – a bit of comfort in a cold snap!
Aren’t you just dying to get out for
spring walks in the woods?!
Our spring 2013 photo competition is open for entries!
Plants are most certainly on the move, and the recent lighter evenings offer the best clues that spring is most certainly here! Creatures are on the move too, so the theme this time is:
Birds, insects, small mammals, amphibians… maybe even the household pet in the undergrowth? Snap an animal in a garden setting and see if you can make us smile!
The closing date for entries is midnight on Thursday 30 May 2013. The three winners will be contacted via email, including their prize voucher code, by Thursday 6 June.
As before we’re giving away a total of more than £100 in vouchers to three lucky winners!