Birtley Estate’s gardens move into spring

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Birtley Estate - Credit: Archant

On the Birtley Estate, crocuses have provided a welcoming avenue of spring colour on either side of the driveway; the carpets of snowdrops have been replaced by a very early showing of daffodils; the many birds, ducks and geese are clearly thinking it must be time to start building a nest; whilst in the neighbouring fields, the lambs are frolicking. Spring is a joyful time of new beginnings and renewed vigour.

The first day of the meteorological spring on 1st March, is of course St. David’s Day which was celebrated in Activities with an abundance of daffodils, the national symbol of Wales and leeks, the symbol of St. David. Our Residents enjoyed homemade Welsh Cakes for afternoon tea, while listening to the singing of a Welsh Male Voice Choir. The highlight of the afternoon was a visit by the Great Grandchildren of Birtley Resident Mr Bob Jones, who used to sing in the Internationally-Acclaimed Morriston Orpheus Welsh Male Voice Choir. Great Granddaughter Amy looked charming in her traditional Welsh Costume while her younger brother, Dylan, looked equally smart.

The renewed vigour of spring is mirrored by the activities of us all and, as the days become gradually warmer and longer, our Residents have started venturing outside to enjoy the grounds, although some hardy souls have continued to enjoy their walks, whatever the weather. The thought of Spring approaching inspired Birtley Residents Mary Mirecki, Iris Newton and Pat Scrase to write this charming poem:


A peaceful new day, with vibrant blue sky

I listen intently to birds chirp and cry

Many buds now bloom into life

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Finally giving up the winter strife

The air is fresh, with a gentle breeze

Aeroplanes leave white trails with great ease

The trees branch out, with new leaves shiny green

And sweet smelling blossom, the best I’ve seen

The lambs hop and skip in fields of green grass

Whilst the odd clouds above arrive and then pass

We are now so thankful that spring is here

And we embrace this season with jolly good cheer!

Many Residents are looking forward to the first of the larger annual events held in the gardens and parkland – the Rare Plant Fair, which will be held on Sunday 17th April, 11am – 4pm ( This event will be closely followed by The Sculpture Garden ( which starts on 30th April. Such events provide the opportunity to grow links with the local community and make Birtley a very vibrant place to live.

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