With spring just around the corner and the glorious sun shining, we have enjoyed a week overflowing with nature here at Heathfield.
At the start of the week, our gardener, Heather, met with us to discuss the flower beds for the upcoming year. Creating exciting plans, including the extension of Coach House herb garden, enabling guests to pick fresh herbs for their al fresco dining experience; protection and encouragement of the wild flowers found in the woodland here on the Estate and most importantly beautiful flowers in the beds and pots to attract the native bees.
On Wednesday in aid of National Nest Box Week we were privileged to welcome Corinne from The Cameron Bespolka Trust to the Estate.
The Cameron Bespolka Trust is a charity set up in Cameron’s memory to inspire young people to love and appreciate animals, in particular birds, nature, and our environment. By experiencing the outdoors first hand, teenagers can connect with nature and make a difference to our planet.
National NestBox week takes place when tradition has it that small birds pair up ahead of the breeding season. In modern society parks, woodlands and gardens are all neater, while modern buildings offer less hideaways. Research has shown many bird species are down in numbers as a result of this housing shortages.
Heathfield’s quiet clearing, in the trees of the ancient New Forest make it the perfect sanctuary for wildlife. With the aid of the charity we have positioned bird boxes in quiet corners around the estate for nesting birds, as well as bug boxes and even a hedgehog home in the hedgerow of the far copse.
Guests staying this summer will be able to bring their binoculars and sit in the evening sun to watch the robins, sparrows and perhaps a deer or two feed and nest in Heathfield’s tranquil grounds.