See gar­dens – and meet the dormice

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - COUNTRYFILE - by Mike Ben­nett

PLANS are well ad­vanced for a spec­tac­u­lar na­ture aware­ness and con­ser­va­tion day in the grounds of Beech Court at Chal­lock on May 29. Puff Miller-Thomas, who has opened the ex­ten­sive grounds on the edge of the North Downs for the past dozen years, wants peo­ple to visit when the gar­dens are at their most colour­ful and has or­gan­ised a wide range of added at­trac­tions to suit vis­i­tors of all ages. They will be in­vited to join pond­dip­ping ses­sions with the Ken­tish Stour Coun­try­side Project, Kent Wildlife Trust will be avail­able with in­for­ma­tion and Kent Mam­mal Group will be hold­ing meet-the­do­rmice ses­sions.


There will be a talk and films on bats, but­ter­flies and moths, a walk led by Kent Men of the Trees and an ex­hi­bi­tion on com­post-mak­ing and fenc­ing. In the af­ter­noon Ge­off Hales will stage a play based on Ernest Wil­son’s ad­ven­tures when he was trav­el­ling in China col­lect­ing the seeds of familiar plants that flower in our gar­dens to­day. Coun­try­side ex­pert Fred Hams will also be open­ing his barn in the vil­lage show­ing his splen­did rural life col­lec­tion.

Pic­ture: Dave Downey pd1194334

Puff Miller-Thomas in her gar­dens at Beech Court

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