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Peter Snell and Lesley Blackthorn, BOG members in Kirk Yetholm, were hoping to open their garden to us this month. They hope this video gives us a flavour of what they’ve achieved

Peter Snell and Lesley Blackthorn, BOG members in Kirk Yetholm, were hoping to open their garden to us this month. Sadly this event was one of the casualties of the Covid-19 problem. However not to be deterred, they hope this video gives us a flavour of what they’ve achieved in a relatively short time.

Lesley told us:

A visit to our garden was scheduled for this coming weekend and we were looking forward to showing what can be achieved in a relatively short time to create an attractive and productive garden, which also benefits wildlife. (For details of how it was created see the November 2019 issue of BOG News.)

Our friend Gordon McInally made this video, as part of Yetholm’s contribution to the Scottish Open Gardens website during the coronavirus lockdown, so thanks to him we are able to share this with BOG in lieu of the planned visit.

The video shows various aspects of the garden, including the orchard which is becoming a habitat for more wildflowers and fine grasses, the raised vegetable beds covered by mesh to keep off pests, the flower beds containing plants that are attractive to bees and other pollinators, our 4 compost bins and the pond which is visited by amphibians, birds and the occasional hedgehog. We hope it inspires you to do more for wildlife in your garden.

Lesley Blackthorn

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