See gardens – and meet the dormice
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.
Puff Miller-Thomas in her gardens at Beech Court