Monthly Archives: August 2009

Lutyen’s Salutation in Sandwich Restored

Following a decade of neglect and after facing 17 separate attempts to either ruin the setting through development or simply demolish the house, the gardens of The Salutation in Sandwich have finally been opened to the public following extensive restoration. … Continue reading

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Kensington Palace: HRH’s scheme criticised

Prince Charles’ scheme to improve the setting of Kensington Palace has suffered a setback after his plans were described as looking ‘twee’ and like something that would appear in a “garden furniture catalogue”. Originally a royal country retreat from the … Continue reading

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Floors Castle saved from fire

An alert member of staff (who should get a especially generous Christmas bonus this year) saved Floors Castle near Kelso from a potentially devastating fire.  The largest private house in Scotland was designed by William Adam in the 17th century … Continue reading

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Scottish National Trust saga continues

The sad decline of the National Trust for Scotland continues with the news that they are to vacate their offices in the historic centre of Edinburgh for an anonymous office block. The financial mis-management that has beset the Trust has … Continue reading

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Hugh Johnson’s garden hit by thieves

The well-known wine critic Hugh Johnson has said there will be no more public open days to the garden at his home, Saling Hall in Essex, following thefts from the gardens. After 40 years of providing pleasure for many who … Continue reading

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