December 14, 2018

Green Finger Tips meeting Thursday 7 April at 7.30pm

 ‘Gardening with Nature’ Sjaak Kastelijn      

Sjaak Kastelijn is known for his work in the redevelopment of York’s Museum Gardens and the unique1.6 acre garden he has now created at The Dutch House, near Crayke.

Here, he has planted a natural, ecological and sustainable garden that is integrated into the surrounding local landscape as well as focussing on attracting wildlife. He will talk about how to incorporate ecological gardening principles into our gardens.

‘The joy from eco gardening is not only to have a fantastic garden but to have one which is full of life and has a diverse palette of wildlife’.

If there is enough interest, we hope to organise a visit to the garden and the Dutch House gallery and café later in the year. For more information see

PS The Harrogate Spring Flower Show is on 21-24 April. If you book before 12th April you can save £2.50 a ticket - phone 01423 546157 or


Parish Council

The Annual Parish Meeting followed by the Parish Council Meeting will be held on Monday 04 April 2016, in Sand Hutton Village Hall, starting at 7.30 p.m. The draft agendas are available to download from the website.

Litter Pick – The Results

Thank you to everyone who helped with the litter pick around our villages last Saturday. The weather started out slightly grim but then improved to let the band of litter pickers walk the verges and collect all sort of delights!
The haul of litter this time included a child’s car seat, some kitchen cupboards, a broken kids scooter, bits of car/ car wheels, loads of wine bottles, mysterious plastic tanks, traffic cones as well as the usual crisps packets, wrappers, drinks cans and bottles.
After the pick, Angela prepared bacon sarnies/ cheese of toast for the workers and it was just what we needed.
The villages look much tidier and I am sure the Queen will be pleased – this litter pick is part of the Clean for the Queen campaign.

Pop Up Pub – This Friday!

Claxton & Sand Hutton pop up Pub

‘Synolda Arms’

(Sand Hutton and Claxton Village Hall)

Friday 11 March 2016 7.00pm ‘till late

With live music from

Tribute group Beatlesque

Don’t be square – be there!

Caroline’s Garden Diaries 6.3.2016: Sowing the seeds

I’ve been having a lot of fun choosing seeds of several sorts of so-called “interesting perennials”. Just as I’ve been experimenting with growing my fairy primroses under different conditions, now I want to experiment with different plants to find other ones that are sellable (it’s that Plant Fair again).

I’ve already learnt to resist temptation to buy everything from a seed catalogue (although the promise of the Plant Fair actually has opened the door again) so the first step was to develop some criteria for choosing a few that people might want to buy (and I want to play with).

An early finding from the experiment is that if you want to grow lots of seeds, your house will be taken over by seed-trays on south-facing window-sills already occupied by fairy primroses, and you’ll be putting pots in the airing cupboard and shoving out the sheets and duvets. Another finding emerging along with the seedlings is that while it’s easy to sow seeds, it’s going to be hard work to make decent plants of them. All those babies will need pricking out, potting on, watering, and then, where are all the pots going to go until it’s warm enough for them to go into the greenhouse (which is already full of cuttings)? Maybe I’m making a case for buying a larger, better equipped greenhouse……..

More lessons here from sowing seeds: if ideas are like seeds, and the project of the Plant Fair is about growing an idea, to be a success it’s going to need a lot of care and effort. But it’ll be worth it: when you’ve sown seeds, you check every day to see if anything’s happened, and then one day, yes! A tiny stem pushing up through the compost, the magic of life.

Litter Pick this Saturday – Clean for the Queen!

Come and join your friends and neighbours to help clean up our villages this Saturday on a litter pick. Meet at 10am at the Village Hall car park in Sand Hutton – tough walking boots and gardening gloves are a good idea.
Refreshments in the Village Hall afterwards to reward your efforts. Clean for the Queen but also to care for our villages.