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A challenging year – Bee keeping at Compton Verney.

An update from Rod Oates, volunteer bee keeper at Compton Verney:

Colony 1 honey stores Tanya Weaver July 2013

Rod inspecting the hive at Compton Verney

The four colonies of bees at Compton Verney wintered well and were in good shape in the early spring. However

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February – The Landscape at Compton Verney

Welcome to this ‘February’ article, the second in a series of posts which aim to review, through photographs, twelve months of activity in and around the diverse landscape of Compton Verney. It’s a historic landscape that has seen much change, from the shaping of the areas as new plants establish to the visual delight gained from one of a number of artistic interactions.

There are huge changes in the atmosphere from the busiest of open days to quiet days when just bird song can be heard. Either way, visually the landscape changes minute by minute and it’s wonderful to be there to experience it – and on occasion capture an image or two.

Links to other months will be added at the bottom of the page, but for now, I hope you enjoy ‘February – The landscape at Compton Verney’ :


Snowdrops as shown in the January post, become stronger through February, dealing with the changeable conditions with ease. There’s an area of this double form on the lakeside that are exquisite in their form. © Compton Verney / Gary Webb 2014

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Sowing Wild Flower Seed

It has been a while since the last grounds team update and for good reason – we’ve been too busy! All will be revealed below, but suffice to say that the weather has played a major part, as always, in dictating our work pattern.


This image shows the grass almost entirely strimmed to the ground – a good days work with our trusty 4 stroke Honda strimmer which didn’t miss a beat. © Compton Verney / Gary Webb 2014

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Waded and Weeded…

For many visitors to Compton Verney the lake, or ‘Upper Pool’ to be more accurate, provides either a familiar vista or a pleasant, some would say dramatic surprise. It is crossed by almost everyone via the ornamental Adam/Sphinx bridge on the way up to the mansion.


(c) Compton Verney / Gary Webb

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Cake, Catch-Up & Capability Brown!

Compton Verney certainly isn’t different from many arts or heritage organisations in that volunteering is crucial to achieving its aims. As a result, and to mark the start of the twenty fourteen season I last week arranged a small gathering of grounds volunteers for cake, catch-up and Capability Brown chat! And where did we meet? The atmospheric (and freshly swept!) gun room! I hasten to add that guns stopped being stored there many, many moons ago!

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Capability Brown 300th Birthday Celebrations

Countdown to Capability Brown 300th Birthday celebrations begin as Festival wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

An influential group of organisations, landowners and individuals are one step closer to marking the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown with a nationwide festival celebrating his life and influence in 2016. The Capability Brown 300 Celebration and Festival has received a first round pass* and will receive £139,200 development funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Continue reading