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LIVING HISTORY AT KEW

Find out how the two World Wars affected Kew Gardens on the special walking tours running in November. Volunteer guides will also tell you the story of the surprising contributions the gardens and the staff made to the war effort. The tours last approximately one hour with numbers limited to 15 people so you can explore the rest of the site at your leisure. Meet at the guides’ desk at Victoria Gate Plaza at 11.45am for a 12 noon departure. For more information please contact tours@kew.org or call 020 8332 5655.

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Find your happy place Enjoy the rich colours of autumn with a walk in the grounds of a glorious National Trust property and warm up with a tasty soup or hot chocolate afterwards. Hidden gems include the Great Wood at Felbrigg in Norfolk and the amazing walks at Cragside in Northumberland. You can explore one of the largest rock gardens in Europe, then cross the Iron Bridge to the formal garden designed by its plant-loving owners in the 19th century. Visit nationaltrust.org.uk to find your next exciting adventure.

Now that the nights are drawing in and colder spells are on their way, the garden may not feel like such an enticing prospect as it does on those long, lazy summer days. However, the November plot still has plenty to offer, and there is no shortage of things to do, so pull on those gloves and wellies, grab that Thermos, and make the most of the remaining light in your very own slice of paradise!

This month is perfect for planting your fruit trees so they are settled into their new spots come spring, so be sure to dig in plenty of well-rotted organic matter in the weeks before you take delivery of any new trees. If your ground is too waterlogged, though, or if the earth is frozen, wait until the conditions are more suitable. There are still plenty of crops to enjoy harvesting in November, with parsnips, turnips, cabbage and leeks all ready to become a part of hearty winter stews and soups. Remember to keep a close eye on any fruit and veg in storage, and remove any showing signs of damage, as this will help to extend the lifespan of the remaining crops.

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