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Sian Lloyd takes a winning walk at Powis Castle

Sian Lloyd takes a winning walk at Powis Castle

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This week our gardeners are continuing the huge job of trimming all the high yew topiary. Before the introduction of powered hedge trimmers it used to take four gardeners four months to clip the hedges, all whilst balancing on very long ladders. Definitely not for the faint hearted! These days it takes two gardeners six weeks to trim the box, two gardeners 12 weeks to cut the formal yew and one gardener working in the Cherry Picker up to ten weeks to cut the high topiary.

This week our gardeners are continuing the huge job of trimming all the high yew topiary. Before the introduction of powered hedge trimmers it used to take four gardeners four months to clip the hedges, all whilst balancing on very long ladders. Definitely not for the faint hearted! These days it takes two gardeners six weeks to trim the box, two gardeners 12 weeks to cut the formal yew and one gardener working in the Cherry Picker up to ten weeks to cut the high topiary.

A sight I will always remember.  The people remember Princess Diana in Kensington and Buckingham Palace

A sight I will always remember. The people remember Princess Diana in Kensington and Buckingham Palace

The White Garden, Sissinghurst Castle, Kent. Vita Sackville-West's masterpiece. It is a National Trust property.

The White Garden, Sissinghurst Castle, Kent. Vita Sackville-West's masterpiece. It is a National Trust property.

Sissinghurst Castle and its famous gardens . . . a stone's throw from my ancestral home of Cranbrook, Kent.

Sissinghurst Castle and its famous gardens . . . a stone's throw from my ancestral home of Cranbrook, Kent.

The Hargreaves Alexander garden looking fabulous, 9 years on

The Hargreaves Alexander garden looking fabulous, 9 years on

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