After a frustrating few months, we have finally been granted planning permission for our car park, hedge maze and children's play equipment. We are so excited to be able to make progress with our project and will start work on these areas as soon as possible - I will keep you posted!

With the gardens due to open in just 2 weeks, it is certainly a case of 'all hands to the pump'! Ed is busy constructing a new display stand for the plants which his grandmother has been carefully cultivating. I have been working on the new guide book and viewpoint sign and Ed's brother, Dan, has also been helping out cutting special wooden keys to hang around the garden. Jane is sorting out the refurbishment of the tea room and shop whilst young Arthur and Freddy have also been set to task, creating some excellent dens up in the bluebell woods.

Finally, excitement is mounting with our television debut this week on Channel 4's 'Country House Rescue' (Thursday 11th March, 8pm). I hope you enjoy it!