Gardener’s Diary

Here’s the latest news from the gardeners at Muncaster, plus the archive of earlier posts about what’s been going off in and around the Castle’s gardens.

December 2016

Winter views from the gardens

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Winter views from the gardens; out to sea to the Isle of Man, not far offshore but rarely glimpsed by summer visitors and our views of the surrounding fells in the splendour of the winter sunshine. With the prevailing westerly wind bringing bad weather steaming in off the Irish Sea straight over us to get [...]

November 2016

Fiery colours abound this November

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As a team the gardeners are uniquely placed to see the beautiful place in which we work in all its many guises as the seasons roll around and the ever-changing Western Lake District weather springs its surprises on us. However, it is often our visitors who capture the most [...]

October 2016

Volunteer Taster Afternoon 23rd Nov 12-3pm

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On Wednesday 23rd November we would like to invite you to Muncaster Castle for a Volunteer Taster Afternoon, to find out more about the amazing volunteer opportunities we have to offer. You can meet our Volunteer Co-ordinator plus representatives from the Hawk & Owl Centre, the Gardens and the Castle to hear more about our [...]

Amazing autumn colour for Halloween

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As the build up to our Halloween extravanganza begins, the gardens here at Muncaster are beginning a stunning show of their own.  The castle and grounds begin to fill with ghouls and ghosties (and probably long leggedy beasties too!), so the gardens begin to dress in all shades of devilish crimson and gold.  Just be [...]

April 2016

Wildlife Pond dredging begins

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The wildlife pond was so silted up following the winter's rainfall that we had to send in a digger to dredge it, or run the risk of it drying out altogether come the summer. The digger is on sunken duckboards to spread its weight on the pond bed and the dredgings were piled on the [...]

March 2016

Mysterious happenings on the Enchanted Trail

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All happening down on the Enchanted Trail where the Little People (strangely equipped with wellies and High Vis jackets) have been working on the Toadstool Cottage.

Fairy Fort

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Here’s the Fairy fort on the new Enchanted Trail. Pretty sprinkling of snow over everything this morning too.

February 2016

January 2016


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The forestry team take out a huge and sadly very dead silver fir ca 130 years old in the middle of the gardens. Bringing this down without trashing everything around it was a feat of considerable skill.