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The Gardens’ opening hours from the 6th of January 2011 until the 1st of March 2011 will be:

9am until 4pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

10am until 4pm Sunday.

CLOSED on Wednesdays

Official web page here

Enjoy a guided tour by Head Gardener, Sheryl Richardson followed by an evening talk by former head gardener and organics expert, Nick Robinson.  There will be plenty of opportunity to ask Sheryl and Nick questions throughout the tour and after the talk.

The evening will begin at 18.00 and finish at approx. 21.00. Suitable for 16+ Booking essential. Please call 01622 814650

Cost: £12.00 non members £10.00 members

Price includes, tour, talk and light refreshments.

Hari Covert goes underground at Yalding Gardens for an apple themed dinner,  as part of a special day of Apple Celebrations on Saturday 23rd October.

Booking and other details on the official website, here.

Hari Covert website, here.

The following appears in KWT’s latest email newsletter…

Heartless hay theft leaves livestock food supplies short

104 bales of hay worth an estimated £600 have been stolen from the Trust’s nature reserve at Marden Meadow near Staplehurst this week.

A vigilant resident became suspicious when he noticed that the reserve gate had been left wide open for a prolonged period and immediately alerted the Trust.

The Trust’s Weald Area Warden, Matt Hayes said: ‘This callous act would have been highly visible from the Marden Road and it would have taken some considerable time to load a large truck or trailer. We now need to buy our hay to keep our livestock fed through the winter months.’

The police are dealing with the matter, but if anyone has seen any suspicious activities going on at the reserve recently, can they please call the Trust on 01622 662012 or email matt.hayes@kentwildlife.org.uk.

That’s the official one of course….

Please visit the Yalding Gardens Twitter page here and click to follow, for all the latest news and events information.

The list of events at the Gardens for the Summer, is on the official website, here.

New ‘Loyalty Schemes’ introduced for local residents’ annual membership; meals and drinks.

More information on the official Yalding Gardens Facebook page

Following our latest NewsList mailing; we received an e-mail from a local (to Yalding) resident; saddened by what she sees as our negative comments towards the Yalding Gardens and their owners and concerned that we are not being supportive of same.  Our correspondent also mentioned that she had read a number of our earlier emails; which caused similar upset. (NB: NewsList members can easily unsubscribe here)

Whilst we have probably addressed these points in the past; time and events move-on. So in the event that it might assist others, similarly concerned; we publish our response below – and would of course welcome comments…

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