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News in Brief – A Bee Orchid

An ophrys apifera was recently spotted in the wild flower meadow at Churchfield Court, Girton. The orchid is tiny with an intriguing flower that our Garden Adviser Charles Gilchrist describes as somewhat swollen and shaped like a brown and yellow bee. Originally pollinated by...more

Looking to the future

It is only a decade since Apple launched the smartphone that changed our lives. Now we take for granted Internet access, texting and video phone calls with the family anywhere in the world. At the touch of a screen we...more

Life in the Workhouse

A fully working 1950s Wurlitzer jukebox and a Coca-Cola fridge are just two pieces of the memorabilia which arrived at St Luke’s Court in Marlborough last year when Anita and Chris Lowe and Teddy the Cavachon, moved into one of...more

Des res on the water

Bearwater may sound a bizarre name to those who have not visited and seen that this private estate in Hungerford has not just a river running through it, but also a lake. Set in five acres of grounds on the...more

Rolling Garden Renewal

As Garden Adviser to all Cognatum estates, Charles Gilchrist aims to increase the gardening knowledge and motivation of estate managers. In addition to regular visits two or three times a year, he is introducing 10-year plans in consultation with owners....more

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