Finally got around to a much overdue “technical” update for the website!

There is absolutely no change to the content, but all parts of the website have been updated to bring the underlying technical aspects up to more modern standards.  The general styling of the site is also unchanged, although a few things may look slightly different due to the new software that runs behind the scenes.

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Well, summer is over, and the Autumn term has begun at the University.

We have had six open days so far, each day raising an average of £700. An excellent achievement. There has been lots of praise for the garden, both for its looks and content. The Committee is determined that this will continue.

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This autumn and winter the weather was generally mild and dry until just before Christmas. In the Autumn we have the routine of cutting and cleaning which has gratifying results. The scrub around many trees has gone, replaced by meticulous bark circles, courtesy of Lynda and Dick. Clearance in the Jungle, its extended pathway and many areas formerly overrun with brambles has been carried out mainly by Terry and Sue.

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(from David Hewitt, a member of the committee of the Friends of the Harris Garden)

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It is the first weekend of Spring… and snow is falling. Despite the cold, grey Winter there have been volunteers in the Garden every week.  On Thursday there is an average of 12 people.  On many other days volunteers come in to do specific tasks. Students have helped Pete on Wednesdays. Volunteers continue to make labels. Digitalis seeds are being germinated to be planted later.

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There were two Open Days planned for this month.  The first was organised by the Friends of the Harris Garden on April 15th to raised money for charity, the weather was fine though a little chilly and numbers were down on previous years attendances.  The second was due for Sunday 29th and was organised by the University but unfortunately the weather in the week leading up to the day was very wet and then the weather on the day was absolutely atrocious forcing the event to be cancelled which was disappointing but unavoidable.  Maybe it can be rescheduled for later in the year.

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