Corn Dollies

Here at Lindengate we have been trialling 3 different types of grain – wheat, rye and oats, this year, with the intention of making some harvest tokens and corn dollies with our participants. ‘Once given, it became a symbol of the budding romance. If the recipient wore the token to church, the giver would know their affection was returned. If [...]

Corn Dollies2021-10-21T12:18:05+01:00

Wildlife of the Week – Leaf Cutter Bee

Leafcutter bees (Megachilidae) are a solitary type of bee and there are a total of seven species in this family within the United Kingdom. If you have seen leaves with holes cut into them by little jaws, this is down to the female Leafcutter bees (Megachilidae) who use the pieces to build the cells in their nest. Find out more [...]

Wildlife of the Week – Leaf Cutter Bee2021-09-20T15:23:21+01:00

Wildflower of the Week – Bird’s Foot Trefoil

Bird’s-foot trefoil is a spreading, low-growing plant with lots of pretty yellow flowers from May to September. The name ‘bird’s-foot’ is from the seed pods that start to form in August, with three pods on a stalk, sticking out like bird’s feet. Bird’s-foot trefoil is also known colloquially as ‘eggs and bacon’, ‘butter and eggs’, and ‘hen and chickens’, as [...]

Wildflower of the Week – Bird’s Foot Trefoil2021-08-19T11:30:58+01:00

Wildlife of the Week – Sawfly

You might notice around the site or at home some trees that have had some of their leaves completely nibbled away.  While there are lots of bugs and beasties that can be responsible for this, some of the main culprits are sawfly caterpillars. Sawflies, like many insects, start from eggs that hatch into caterpillars, and then spin cocoons before they [...]

Wildlife of the Week – Sawfly2021-07-22T14:08:44+01:00

Making a Bird Feeder

Make our brilliant DIY birdhouse feeder and attract all sorts of birds to your garden! If you don't have a green space of your own to hang it, you could make it as a gift.   How to Build a Bird Feeder

Making a Bird Feeder2021-07-28T14:03:34+01:00

Wildflower of the Week – Stinging Nettles

Often called common nettle, stinging nettle or nettle leaf, it is a familiar and common plant. This may not be a plant that you want in your garden but it is hugely beneficial to wildlife.  A very common plant, the stinging nettle can be found growing in gardens, hedgerows, fields, woodlands and many other habitats.  Its preference for damp, fertile and [...]

Wildflower of the Week – Stinging Nettles2021-07-20T15:31:55+01:00

Wildfood of the Week – Tree Spinach

Tree spinach has eye-catching bright magenta leaves with almost sparkly growing tips. Plants can grow up to 2m tall, hence the name Tree spinach. This vigorous plant can be harvested as a cut and come again leaf from 25cm tall. Easy to grow, adds columns of height and colour to the veg garden. Yields are high and the plants aren’t [...]

Wildfood of the Week – Tree Spinach2021-07-05T16:18:52+01:00

Yellow Rattle – Wildflower of the Week

Known as ‘the meadow maker’ or ‘nature’s lawnmower’, yellow rattle is the single most important plant you need to establish when creating a wildflower meadow. Yellow-rattle has yellow, tube-like flowers protruding from an inflated, green calyx, which appear May to September. It has ser rated leaves with heavy, dark veins, which sprout opposite each other all the way up the [...]

Yellow Rattle – Wildflower of the Week2021-07-05T15:18:40+01:00

Wildflower of the Week – Meadow & Creeping Buttercups

This is the buttercup you’re most likely to pick and hold under your chin to see if you like butter!   Buttercups are widespread and common perennial plants found in meadows and pastures, parks, gardens and at woodland edges. But can you tell the difference between these two types of buttercup? Meadow buttercup is a tall and stately perennial flower, flowering [...]

Wildflower of the Week – Meadow & Creeping Buttercups2021-07-05T15:11:31+01:00

Wildflower of the Week – Cowslip

Cowslip is an attractive flowering plant found in meadows and on woodland floors. The leaves are dark green and wrinkled, and quite wide but narrow towards the end. They grow in a basal rosette formation. Th e flowers are bright yellow, bell-shaped flowers that have five petals. The flowers are enclosed by a long, green, tube-shaped calyx (protective flower casing) and [...]

Wildflower of the Week – Cowslip2021-07-05T15:03:44+01:00
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