There’s always something to see on The Howe – it’s a great place to connect with nature.

Visit in Spring for skipping lambs, wild flowers and nesting birds. In summer the butterflies are out and the grass is high and humming with insects. Walk around in autumn and the leaves are every shade of green, red and orange. Winter brings a special, ethereal beauty to the landscape.


March heralds to beginning of Spring and the arrival of flowers such as primroses and cowslips. The trees will also be starting to bud and soon the Blackthorn and Hawthorn trees will come into blossom. On the allotments it will be the start of the rhubarb season. Look out for our cute rarebreed lambs too!


During the summer months vegetables, fruit and flowers create a wonderful display across the allotments. The native hedgerows are full of flowers for pollinating insects too, as well as birds and other animals nesting – that’s why we never trim them, or cut them back between March and November.


Throughout summer into autumn the vegetables and fruit keep giving. There are also sunflowers and dahlias to enjoy. And as we only trim our hedgerows every 2-3 years they’re full of flowers and berries too – vital for pollinators and important food for our wildlife to eat. Look out for wild rosehips, sloes and blackberries too.


Winter is a busy time up on The Howe. It’s when we do most of our work as the trees and hedgerows are dormant and the birds are no longer nesting. It’s when we trim back scrub, pollard trees and cut back hedges. We also plant new bareroot trees and hedgerows too – and are always looking for volunteers to help!

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