Flora and fauna – Admiral
Sep30

Flora and fauna – Admiral

I arrived home the other afternoon to be met with a mass of insect life on the flowers of the ivy (the best thing you can plant for wildlife), but by far the most eye-catching were the red admirals. Its life history is interesting…in May and June it migrates north to us from northern Africa and southern Europe, then mates, laying eggs on nettles where the caterpillars feed until pupation. The chrysalis hatches in mid to late summer,...

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Hague Bar Allotments Open Day July 16th
Jul05

Hague Bar Allotments Open Day July 16th

Growing your own fruit and vegetables will be on show at the New Mills Allotment and Garden Society Open Day. Their allotments at Waterside Road , Hague Bar, (off the B6101) on the outskirts of the town, will be open to the public on Sunday July 16th, from 11 till 4pm with plot holders on hand to show off their growing skills and talk to would-be allotmenteers about their organic produce. The members will be showing how well produce...

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Flora and fauna – Devils and other stories
Sep25

Flora and fauna – Devils and other stories

Checking out the field this evening I’ve just discovered this lovely patch of Devilsbit Scabious. A magnet for bees and butterflies it’s less common than its bruiser of a cousin the Field Scabious which you may have seen lining the roadsides of the Peak District in midsummer. Devilsbit (weird name eh) prefers damp spots and is a later flowered too; its more delicate, strappy leaves don’t have the deep...

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Jobs – apprenticeship with New Mills Town Council
Oct19

Jobs – apprenticeship with New Mills Town Council

Job Vacancy – Horticulture / Grounds Maintenance Apprentice This vacancy is for an apprenticeship position for work carrying out gardening / grounds maintenance duties. Main responsibilities comprise of lawn mowing, hedge trimming, wedding, pruning, watering and rubbish clearance. Apprenticeship summary: Weekly wage – £122.10 Working week – 37 hours Apprenticeship duration – 2 years Possible start date –...

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Flora and fauna – Foxgloves
Jul23

Flora and fauna – Foxgloves

Foxy ladies What a good year for foxgloves. They take a full two years to reach flowering…and as you’ll know the aim of all flowers is to attract insects which pass on pollen to fertilise others. Through evolution, different flowers have developed expertly to attract specific pollenating insects from tiny wasps and flies to the bees. Bumblebees are the targets for the foxglove…inviting, perfectly bee-sized tubular...

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Seedling Saturday
May12

Seedling Saturday

Seedling Saturday this year is on 16th May at The Torrs, Market Street, New Mills from 10 am until noon. This is New Mills Allotment and Gardening Societies popular annual seedling exchange event. Please come along if you would like to try something new in your garden or on your plot, or if you have experienced a crop failure that you need to replace. You don’t need to bring seedlings to swap. This will be a nice ‘social’ event as the...

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