The lawns have had their summer rest period and benefitted from the recent rain and cooler weather, they are greening up, which means mowing is the main priority. You may have seen the 'Labyrinth' in the parkland, which has added a new dimension to the mowing challenges - it makes a change from straight lines! The 'Labyrinth' will be showcased during the Arts for Elderly Event on 16th September (further details in the September Activities Programme).
The kitchen garden continues to provide fruit and vegetables for the residents and surplus for sale. Runner beans, tomatoes, courgettes and raspberries are the main crops at present.
The Yew hedges are being trimmed and the needles have been collected and used as part of the process of making two chemotherapy drugs - Taxotere and Taxol. The collecting season tends to be from July to September and we are very happy to know that the Yew clippings are being utilised in such a worthwhile process
Yew Tree Clippings
Throwback to 'Burns Night' at Birtley House
Another day for intergenerational learning to take place
A group coffee morning for all to enjoy
Well rested and returning home...
A family affair at our annual Carol concert
Helping those in need to put food on the table at Christmas time
A rare opportunity has arisen to explore three different apartments within our house, leaving you spoiled for choice
An afternoon spent getting to know each other