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Volunteer Vicki

Volunteer blog: Vicky (and Stella the chainsaw)

Wednesday 22 April, 2015

Chainsaws are powerful and dangerous tools, so when volnteer Vicky qualified to use one, Sonja sat down with her in the Volunteer Hub to ask how the training had gone.

Dartington LandWorks

LandWorks blog: A spinning nightmare

Friday 17 April, 2015

It’s Election Fever and you may have caught a few of the policy-speak words flying around: ‘resettlement’, ‘reintegration’ and ‘rehabilitation’. But are these terms helpful?

Song thrush (L) and Cuckoo flowers (R). (c) RSPB

Conservation diary: A feast for the senses

Wednesday 08 April, 2015

It’s April, and Mike reflects on how the month truly reminds you spring is finally here, with fresh green foliage on the trees.

Items on auction at LandWorks fundraising event

LandWorks blog: Nobody told me there'd be days like these

Thursday 02 April, 2015

A bittersweet evening at LandWorks, as a stunningly successful fundraiser is tempered by some heartbreaking news.

Mute swan

Conservation diary: Swan song

Thursday 26 March, 2015

In this week’s conservation blog, Estate Warden Mike takes a look at the lifecycle of one of nature’s most elegant and beguiling creatures – the swan.

A mosaic at LandWorks, one example of the collaboration between art students and trainees

LandWorks blog: M8s

Wednesday 25 March, 2015

Two men on a train appear to have nothing in common. However, it soon transpires they share a mutual bond…

Woodland Floweres

Conservation diary: Longer days and the return of migratory birds

Wednesday 18 March, 2015

Spring is almost upon us but the nights can still feel cold. Each day brings extra daylight in the evenings ready for the clocks to go forward and prepare us for the warmer months ahead.

George III urn

Gardens blog: George III lead urn

Wednesday 18 March, 2015

Historically, the assumption has been made that the urn was bought by Beatrix Farrand since, according to the archived data, she was responsible for obtaining lead urns in 1938

Gardening to the Max

Volunteer Blog: Gardening to the Max

Wednesday 18 March, 2015

Max is a 19-year old German student from Language in Totnes School and is currently doing an 8-week work experience placement with our garden team.

The Studio Blog

Jo's blog: Sitting in The Studio makes me smile

Wednesday 04 March, 2015

“Some days I sit in The Studio working on my textile jewellery, listening to the comments people make as they take in the Art. Its really makes me smile…”

Which came first

LandWorks blog: Which came first?

Wednesday 25 February, 2015

I could talk about making omelettes and cracking eggs. However it’s probably more useful if I continue to update you all as ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’ continues to roll out.

Conservation diary: Spring is on its way

Wednesday 25 February, 2015

The signs of Spring is on it’s way with large clumps of snowdrops showing on the woodland floor, fresh frogs spawn in ponds and thrush’s claiming their territories.

Image of bear baiting

Gardens blog: Bear-baiting in the Tiltyard

Friday 20 February, 2015

Katherine Ross is a gardener for Dartington Gardens, hoping to share the interesting titbits and conundrums that she comes across researching the gardens. Her first blog involves the emotive subject of Bear Baiting.

Head Chef Anuj Thakur at the White Hart, holder of an SRA champion star

Food & Farming blog: White Hart stars in step towards sustainability

Tuesday 17 February, 2015

“I’m really pleased to be able to share with you the news that Dartington is now a member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, and that our White Hart Restaurant and Roundhouse Café have been accredited as 1 Star champions for the year 2015.”

Mackerel escabesche

Anuj's recipe: Mackerel escabeche

Tuesday 10 February, 2015

Mackerel is available the whole year round on our South Devon coast – this version is lightly cured with pickled vegetables and orange dressing.

Job Application

LandWorks blog: A tale of two cities

Wednesday 04 February, 2015

You may have managed to avoid trouble inside; to get clean from drugs or have sorted yourself out. But what happens if you’ve nowhere to go afterwards?

Bird motif at the LandWorks site

LandWorks blog: What does a feminist look like?

Friday 23 January, 2015

LandWorks first female trainee is on the horizon and coming for an interview – is this to be the dawn of a new era or several knuckle-dragging steps backwards?

Bloodied sheep fur after attack on Little Bo People flock

Food & Farming blog: Please help us prevent dog attacks

Wednesday 21 January, 2015

“Jade & Ollie, of the community farming initiative Little Bo People, got an upsetting call recently from a member of the community to let them know that they thought one of their sheep was dead.”

Catkins and snowdrops

Conservation diary: Green shoots around the corner?

Wednesday 14 January, 2015

As winter rumbles on, Mike takes a look at the rare flashes of colour and wildlife you might see, and how more exciting times are around the corner.

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