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Virus update

We have made an announcement regarding future events in light of COVID-19. Please visit the Newsletter section of the site to download and read our updates. 

In these uncertain times, it's more apparent than ever to look after ourselves, family, friends and the wider community. If you are struggling and live around the Midhurst and surrounding areas, Midhurst Angels are a group of local volunteers who are able to help those in need with collecting prescriptions, getting food and offering advice and support. Please see their leaflet at the bottom of this page.


Their contact information is: 07538 839703 or email: midhurstangels@outlook.com.  

In these times, visiting nature has never been more important, so we hope you're able to enjoy your gardens and the great outdoors. Spring is here and we hope you can all enjoy its abundance and beauty. 

Stay safe.


Gardens to gander

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 all gardens are now closed.

Insector Clueso! 


An invasion of Asian hornets could hit English shores, after the number of nests found on Jersey rose by almost a third this year.


Since 2018 the Jersey Asian Hornet group have been training beekeepers who are nervous about the fact that, inevitably, the UK are going to get Asian hornets. Asian hornets eat native honey bees.


Asian hornets are distinguished by being up to 2.5cm in length, have a dark brown or black body, bordered with a fine yellow band. If you think you see an Asian hornet, take a photo and share it with the Non-Native Species Secretariat.


Email address is alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk

Weeders Digest






It’s time to take control of your outdoor (or indoor) space with 50 Plants That You Can’t Kill by Jamie Butterworth.


These 50 easy-to-grow plants have been selected for their love of neglect and their ability to withstand even the most forgetful of gardeners. Whether you are looking for edibles for your windowsill, potted plants for your balcony or climbers for your garden, there’s something for everyone.

SBN 9781784725891

£16.99 FROM RHS

Top gardening jobs for March 

Here are the RHS's top monthly garden tips. You can read more on this article on their website, here

Spring usually arrives by mid March and the frequent (hopefully) sunny days provide the opportunity for an increasing range of gardening tasks. It’s time to get busy preparing seed beds, sowing seed, cutting back winter shrubs and generally tidying up around the garden.

1.  Keep weeds under control
2. Protect fruit blossom from late frosts
3. Tie in climbing and rambling roses

4. Sow hardy annuals, herbs and wild flower seed outdoors

5. Start to feed citrus plants
6. Increase the water given to houseplants
7. Feed hungry shrubs and roses
8. Sow new lawns or repair bare patches
9. Prune fig and olive trees
10. Divide bamboos and waterlilies


‘When proud-pied April dressed in all his trim
Hath put a spirit of youth in everything’


William Shakespeare

‘The duty we owe to our gardens and to our own bettering in our gardens is so to use the plants that they shall form beautiful pictures’

Gertrude Jekyll

‘Good Friday comes this month, the old woman runs.
With one or two a penny hot cross buns’

Poor Robin’s Almanac, 1733

‘You may think we are nurturing our garden,
but of course it’s our garden that is really nurturing us’

Jenny Uglow

And finally.......

Gardeners don't get old, they just go to pot!

‘When the time is right, go to the garden,
Speak kindly, pray softly,
Prune back and plow ahead!’