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Landscape Magazine November 2018

LandScape magazine is a breath of fresh air, capturing the very best of every season. Every two months, join us to: - Celebrate the joy of the garden - Learn simple seasonal recipes - Enjoy traditional British crafts - Wonder at the beauty of nature and the countryside The magazine is a haven from the pressures of modern living; a chance to slow down... and most importantly, a reminder of the good things in life. Take time to appreciate everything that nature creates and inspires.

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IN NOVEMBER, THE last of autumn’s rich colour reaches its crescendo before melting away. As the final lingering leaves cast their golden shapes to the ground, the countryside takes on a new form. Bare against the leaden sky, trees become skeletal; every twig and branch visible. The ground sits beneath a thick, musky carpet. As I walk beside the river, a veil of thin mist clings to the water. The nettles and grasses that have obscured the banks throughout the warmer months are losing their height. The air is damp and just cold enough to make a cloud of my warm breath. I exhale, watching the vapour dance and float away. The stillness, and the sense that nature is returning to its annual slumber, surrounds me. I feel as if I might…

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Charming game for the garden My daughter and her family own a wonderful cottage with a large garden on the Isle of Wight, which they love to escape to from their mainland home. The six-year-old twin boys adore the freedom there and love playing all kinds of games in the garden. On a recent visit to the cottage, I decided to make use of one of the logs from the garden and some of the pebbles collected on previous adventures, which I made into a noughts and crosses game as a surprise for the boys on their next visit. It was a huge hit, and now all their friends want one. Ian Baker, West Yorkshire…

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readers’ letters

WRITE TO LANDSCAPE We love hearing about how our readers are enjoying the seasons. Write and tell us about a craft project you have been working on, an interesting place you have discovered or an issue about the countryside you want to share. Letters or emails should come with one or two good-sized photos, taken on a digital camera or smartphone. Write to Media House, Lynch Wood, Peterborough PE2 6EA or landscape@bauermedia.co.uk . Inspiration from the forest Your article in the September 2018 issue of LandScape, about how Hitesh and Kate Patel have used grasses to create a stunning garden, was inspirational in showing how effective less conventional planting can be. When we moved to the beautiful Forest of Dean a couple of years ago, we decided to bring a feel of the…

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our landscape

SUBTLE CHANGE As autumn begins to draw to a close, there is still time to appreciate the delights of the season in a woodland walk. A visit to the woods can be best enjoyed when the rays of the sun filter through the early mist, lending a luminosity to the last of the leaves. As their colours turn paler, the silhouettes of the trees become more apparent, creating a starker beauty which signals the changes ahead. Paths are still thick with crisp fallen leaves waiting to be kicked through, adding to the golden layers of the autumnal scene. SHAPED BY NATURE From their workshop in Sussex, Josh Kennard and Oliver Milne craft bespoke furniture and homeware. From the offcuts of various types of wood, they make these unique trees, each one hand-turned on…

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borders cloaked in shades of autumn

ON A COLD, crisp day, as November heads to its close, the last autumn leaves glow red and gold in the watery light of the emerging sun. In a garden in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, early morning mist swaddles the base of trees, while birds make the most of an abundance of lush rowan, holly and cotoneaster berries. Soon, as first frosts begin to nip, the final leaves will fall, and the scene will be set for the annual Winter Walk. But despite the bare branches, this is not a farewell to colour in what is a carefully planned garden. Visitors to Harlow Carr can stroll along a broad path that meanders through deep borders filled with plants that challenge the assumption that the colder months are a dreary time for gardens.…

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creating a canvas

The Winter Walk was started in 2006 by then head of site Matthew Wilson to extend the season of interest and attract visitors all year round. Since he left in 2009, the walk has been overseen and developed by horticulturalist Russell Watkins. As a showcase garden, the walk is tidied up after leaf fall. Bare earth between plants is then covered with a mulch of compost to protect the soil and add organic matter. Mulching is completed by late December to avoid damaging the newly-emerging shoots of snowdrops and other early bulbs. The coloured stems of dogwoods and willows are usually cut back every year in early spring, with some plants selected for the occasional ‘year off’ to allow them to build up their energy levels, depleted through producing new stems. In…