The early spring has continued into an early summer this year at Kew’s country garden in West Sussex. Wakehurst’s collection of more than 60 different Japanese water irises (Iris ensata) are flowering two weeks early this year, coinciding with tennis at Queens rather than at Wimbledon, as they usually do.
As Wakehurst’s Garden Manager, Dr Chris Clennett, expains:
The Ampersand catering team at the 300-acre estate won a prestigious Footprint Award last week for responsibly sourcing its ingredients. The winners’ plaque now takes pride of place on the counter of The Stables restaurant.
Catering Manager, Beverley Richardson, said it was gratifying that her team’s commitment had been rewarded. She said:
Planted in Coates Wood, the field maple is a native British species that grows well at Wakehurst Place. It is one of 50 native tree species prioritised for conservation by the UK National Tree Seed Project, which recently secured a second year of funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The tree was planted by Clare Trivedi and Simon Kallow from the UK National Tree Seed Project team, who were joined by the chairman of the Arboricultural Association, Jago Keen.