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Geoff Hamilton's New Gardeners' Foundation  Geoff Hamilton's New Gardeners' Foundation (Registered Charity No. 1063642) was created after Geoff's death to support students at his old college, Writtle College, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 3RR. Annual bursaries are given of up to £4000 for students of any age and level studying practical horticulture at the college. The foundation is funded by donations and by the sale at BarnsdaleGardens of a video compiled from Gardeners' World programmes, showing Geoff working on projects and seasonal jobs in the TV gardens at Barnsdale.

Sandra Peck Watercolours  Watercolour courses from Barnsdale gardens and Burghley House. These two beautiful settings, with delicious refreshments make each of these days a very enjoyable experience. The classes are relaxed, informal and friendly.

Discover Rutland Find out all about our picturesque county, its many attractions and places of interest.

The Cottage Garden Society (CGS) is an informal, friendly society of approx. 6,000 members, in many countries, bringing together amateurs and professionals who share an enthusiasm for this type of gardening.

University of Leicester Botanic Gardens Founded in 1921 with the assistance of the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society, the University of Leicester Botanic Garden was established on its present site in Oadby in 1947. The four once-separate gardens have been merged into a single entity, whose 16 acres of lovingly cultivated grounds and greenhouses, display a wide variety of features and environments. It also displays the National Collections of Skimmia, Aubrieta, hardy Fuchsia and Lawson's Cypress. The plant collections and landscape features make this garden one of the most diverse in the region. It is the perfect place for a pleasant walk and there are benches for those who simply wish to relax and admire the surroundings. The water features are particularly pleasing ans add character to the setting.  Variety is the key to this garden's strength.

Plants for the Planet Our aim is to inspire people from around the world to register their support to stop the extinction of wild plants within this decade. We will use the support pledged to the campaign to persuade governments, meeting at a UN conference on biodiversity in Japan in October, to adopt a global strategy for plant conservation for this decade. The strategy will consist of 16 targets, which must be achieved by 2020. Pledge your support.

Shoot is a amazing resource for amateur and professional gardeners. You can design, manage & care for Your Garden Online.

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Easton Walled Gardens. Until World War II this site had been gardened continuously for at least 400 years. Now its unique beauty is being rediscovered. Come and see for yourself features that have lain hidden for nearly 50 years and the enormous task ahead.

Belvoir Castle. The ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland for one thousand years. Currently the family home of the 11th Duke, Duchess and their young family. The name Belvoir means 'beautiful view' and dates from Norman times.

Grimsthorpe. Castle, park and gardens.

Great British Gardens. Search for beautiful gardens to visit and places nearby to stay in Great Britain.

Hedgehog Hall Bed & Breakfast. With a high level of personal service, the tranquility of Hedgehog Hall offers the perfect location for a relaxing country retreat. It is an ideal base for walkers, cyclists, bird watchers and for visiting stately homes and gardens.

Signpost Hotel Guide. Find a quality hotel close to Barnsdale Gardens, or anywhere else in the UK.

Hotels & Tourist Attractions Find hotels and other attractions close to Barnsdale Gardens as well as countrywide.

Greetham A local village, only 3 miles from the Gardens which has good facilities for short and longer term visitors.

Retirement Directory A website full of interesting articles, great offers and fantastic ideas specifically designed for retired people and people approaching retirement.


Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Arboretum. The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Arboretum hold an internationally renowned collection of hardy trees and shrubs from around the world. Started by Sir Harold Hillier in 1953 and given in trust to Hampshire County Council in 1977, the Gardens now extend to 180 acres. Within this unique collection of some 42,000 plants (12,000 different types), visitors will find something to interest them throughout the year.

The Holiday Cottages. If you're visiting our wonderful county of Rutland, theholidaycottages.co.uk web site lists a good range of cottages & self-catering accomodation in the area.

Lantern and Larks Glamping. Enjoy the natural charms of some special corners of British countryside. Glamping is fun, full of adventure and for everyone.

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