Newtimber Place Gardens

Newtimber Place NGS
The gardens at Newtimber Place will be open as part of the NGS (National Gardens Scheme) on Sunday 14th April between 2:00pm and 5:30pm. The gardens are lovely at this time of year with stunning daffodils and beautiful fritillaries. Beautiful Grade I listed C16/C17 moated house (not open). Gardens and woods full of bulbs and wild flowers in spring. Herbaceous border and lawns. Moat flanked by water plants. Mature trees. Wild garden, ducks, chickens and fish. Tea and home-made cakes in aid of the church. There are ducks, chickens and guinea fowl wandering around so dogs need to be kept on a lead. Admission £5.00, children free.

Green bins

Green bins
If you have already subscribed then the direct debit will roll over until death. But if you are new to the village, or have finally decided that your carefully curated botanical collection (giant hogweed, Himalayan balsam, Japanese knotweed, New Zealand pigmyweed, rhododendron ponticum, spear thistle and ragwort) has become too large, then you may want to click the MSDC advert above and give them your money.

Wreath DIY at Saddlescombe

Christmas Wreaths National Trust 2015
Create your own Christmas wreath with materials collected from the downs. Take a festive walk and collect your holly and ivy. Return to historic Saddlescombe farm to make your very own Christmas decorations in front of log burning stoves. Mulled apple juice, mince pies and roast chestnuts will be included.

Ten sessions available: 17th–21st December 2018, from 10:00am–12:00 noon or 1:00pm–3:00pm. Booking essential: one session has already sold out.

Mycology on Wolstonbury Hill

Mushrooms at night
Friday 26th October 2018 from 9:30 to 15:00. The order of the day: 9:30am meet at Saddlescombe; 10:00am go out hunting for fungi in Wolstonbury woods and across open downland; 12:00 noon lunch, with glorious views across Sussex; 2:00pm return to Saddlescombe Farm for a cup of tea and cake in the new heated barn; 2:15pm go through our finds with expert mycologist Martin Allison and look at some of the more interesting species under the microscope; 3:00pm finish. Booking essential.

Fungal Foray

The Devil's Dyke fungi hunt - part 1
Join mycologist Martin Allinson for a day of recording as many species of fungi as possible across Newtimber Hill on Friday 19th October from 9:30am to 3:00pm. Wear suitable clothing and bring lunch. Tea and cake will be served upon return to Saddlescombe. Supervised children are welcome. Booking essential. Click the image for more information.

Leptodon smithii at Perching Hill

Leptodon smithii
Sue Rubinstein writes:

Walking towards the old lime kiln near Fulking in much wetter conditions last September I stopped in a cow-trampled clearing to check the epiphytes on the surrounding trees. One horizontal Ash trunk over a particularly muddy slope seasoned with cow pats was coated in vivid green Leptodon smithii, bright and feathery after heavy rain.

I think this patch at the bottom of Perching Hill near Fulking is the largest I have seen. A nearby more vertical Ash tree had a small area along with abundant Neckera complanata. Radula complanata, Syntrichia papillosa and Cololejeunea minutissima were all present in small quantities. Other Ash trees around the clearing, even the really ancient ones were dominated by more common epiphytes.