Last of our duck families

We are sorry to say that out of six families with a total of 59 ducklings only one family has lasted through. Very sad indeed, but I suppose it’s the natural cycle of life.

Posted in Gardens, Wildlife

Volunteers take a well-earned rest

After a hard afternoons work volunteers take a break for a cup of tea to get their energy back.







Posted in Gardens, volunteers

Fixing bird boxes on the estate

It’s that time of the year again where we like to get the bird boxes ready for some new tenants. Hopefully we’ll get a pleasant spring and lots of feathery friends in the gardens.

Posted in Gardens, volunteers, Wildlife

Winter tidying

We have been continuing the tidy up work in the borders with appropriate pruning, weeding and mulching. It is heartening to see new growth already at the base of some perennials so there will be some good cuttings to be had in a little while. On sunny days it is very easy to be lulled into thinking that Spring has sprung! And forget that the harshest weather is yet to come. It is a real challenge to keep even the hardiest of palms once they are in the ground and too large to be transferred to the polytunnel for the winter.

Posted in Gardens, News, winter

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from Shortmead

Posted in celebration, Friends of Shortmead

Nutcracker theme

The Lawns Nursery visited us before Christmas to view the Nutcracker theme decorations. They enjoyed the walk, the stories and their snacks before returning to school, and the cake they baked for us was truly scrumptious!

Posted in Christmas, House

All dressed up

Earlier this month we commissioned photographer Eliane Rocha to take some shots for this years Christmas card. To make it a bit more interesting we all dressed up in period clothing. The day was fantastic and we got some great shots. Take a look at the full set here.

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Remember, remember the 5th of November

Bonfire, fireworks, mulled wine, hot dogs. Then home-made parking and treacle toffee (courtesy of Wendy, thank you) and some excellent company. What more could you want on a cold autumn 5th of November.

Posted in Events, Guy Fawkes, Parties

Getting ready for Halloween

Posted in Halloween, Parties

Launch of our new website

We are very excited to announce that we launched our new website in November which has been designed by volunteer Richard Slade. We are very pleased with the results and Richard has worked very hard on the project. The site covers both the business side and charitable parts of Shortmead and we’ve also had some excellent feedback from friends and guests. We’ve also been working hard to keep our Facebook pages up-to-date, so please take a look and start posting on our wall or like our articles.

Posted in Estate, facebook, News, website
Have you got a specific question about the estate?
Co-owner: Ian Bond
Co-owner: Marilyn Bond
Volunteer co-ordinator: Marilyn Bond
Marketing and website administrator Richard Slade
Friends of Shortmead - Chairman:
Madeline Russell
Friends of Shortmead - Secretary:
Dawn Didwell