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We would like to invite our Ukrainian guests to join us in the Petersfield Physic Garden. We are very aware of how important gardens and gardening are to physical and mental well being. If our guests would like to join us in gardening we would be delighted; to do as much or as little as they would like or simply to sit and enjoy the peace of this green oasis in the centre of Petersfield. If you or anyone you know is interested please contact us on the website below.
The Physic Garden was a buzz with on Saturday when the Petersfield and District Beekeepers Association came to talk about pollinators. They brought some honey bees in an observation hive, demonstrated how to make homes for solitary bees and took people round the Garden to search for pollinators. They also had set up a varied exhibition in the hall on a range of subjects on bees, which were supported by talks as well as an extensive bank of information on butterflies.A very successful day.
Helen holding a honeycomb whilst demonstrating bees in the observation hive
Buzzing Bees
May Edition of Hampshire Country Gardener
 Hot off the press the May edition of The Hampshire Country Gardener, has now been published and is available from the Physic Garden.  It may be collected from the office or when this is closed from the stand in the archway. The magazine is popular with its 56 colourful pages packed with interesting articles, photos and good advice. Topics this month include articles on fragrance in the garden, giant veggies and wild flowers. It also includes news and gardening events through Hampshire and the West Country. With its collections of regular features, good advice and readers's letters it makes an excellent read.
 This is a free magazine which is now printed in Somerset and covers five areas Devon, Dorset, Somerset, The Cotswolds and Hampshire. The publication which aims to give quality information about gardening and garden events in and around the area covers is an essential magazine for enthusiastic gardeners.

Daphne Clark recieves a Cheque from Claire Cotton of Waitrose
The Physic Garden were recently the beneficiary of a generous donation of £1,000 from Waitrose. Their gift was in recognition of the benefit the Garden provides towards the health and wellbeing, especially the mental health of the many visitors. The Garden was felt to be a particular asset as it was available for everyone for a greater part of lockdown providing a peaceful retreat.
Petersfield Shine Radio has once again visited the Physic Garden and named it 'Our very own Secret Garden'. During their visit volunteer reporter Jo Gray interviewed our Garden Manager Jenny Hill and one of our gardeners Mike Wadey.
If you would like to hear the interview please click on the link below.
Visit to the Garden by Slow Travel
Slow Travel visited the Physic Garden in the summer of last year. They were very taken with the idea behind our project and the attractiveness and value of the Garden. As a result of their findings they produced a most delightful and interesting article which we have been invited to use. This may be viewed by clicking the following link:

What is Slow Travel ?
You may find yourself wondering “What exactly is Slow Travel?” the answer is both obvious and intriguing. Slow Travel is part of a movement started in 1986 by Carl Honore. Tired of the seemingly endless pressure to do more and more in less time he realised that in many cases it was better to simply slow down, and really make the most of life and your surroundings.
Since its inception the Slow Movement has been steadily growing across the world, incorporating everything from Slow Food, Slow Dogs, Slow Parenting, Slow Money and lots more. If you want to find more about slow travel just follow the link below (but take your time doing it !).

A sad goodbye to the Art Group
Diedre Knight leader of the group writes:

Our Art Group started with Maria Dreyer at the barns in Weston. When she died we promised to keep going and for the past 15 years we have enjoyed using the Physic Garden. Sadly now that our numbers have dwindled, we are calling  it a day, but we have very fond memories of the Physic Garden and the many happy painting hours we had there.

The picture on the left by Ron Brown shows the group hard at work.
A Birdseye View of the Garden.
In December a licensed drone pilot (Tom Kates) was given permission to photograph the Garden on behalf of the Petersfield Museum. The result can be seen below. The right hand picture shows the Drone in operation hovering just above the garden by the sundial. The capabilities of the drone were remarkable. Weighing just under 250gr (half a pound) the battery powerered drone was capable of flying for half an hour before needing to land. Controlled by an operator with a mobile phone it could be positioned anywhere in the air at heights upto 100ft and was able to take both photographs and videos from all angles.

Tom Kates' email is:

Tony Smee Gates  

The new oak gates dedicated to the memory of past chairman were officially opened by his daughter, Nicole, on  Thursday November 18th.

The picture opposite shows Tony holding a giant apple - Devoshire Quarrenden

See Garden News for more details
Afternoon Teatime for Petersfield Physic Garden Volunteers
To mark the end of summer Paddy Dawson arranged a tea pary for all the volunteer workers of the Physic Garden. Each guest was asked to bring along their particular teatime favourite food to share with liquid refreshment being provided . This resulted in a banquet which as much enjoyed by all the happy participants.
Lucky escape for a Hidden Rock

A Hidden Rock secreted away in the long grass of the orchard nearly met with an accident recently. Our gardener John was busy at work cutting the grass with a strimmer when he hit the unfortunate stone causing a chip in the paintwork. Fortunately  the mowing machine was not chosen for this task as a much more serious accident might have occured damaging both rock, mower and even injuring the worker.
We like to think of people, especially children, hunting for the rocks but when hiding them please do not put them in the long grass.
New President for Hampshire Gardens' Trust
TV gardener and presenter Alan Titchmarsh is now the new President of the Trust. He is taking over from Gilly Drummond who has held this position since 2010. Trust chairman, Ted Wake, thanked Mrs Drummond for her extraordinary work over the years and said that the Hampshire Gardens' Trust was fortunate in having Mr Titchmarsh, who is one of the most respected and popular gardening gurus in the UK, to replace her.
Midsummer Party
Volunteers of the Physic Garden were rewarded for all their efforts during the pandemic with an evening party on Midsummer's day. Work in the Garden continued during the first lockdown behind locked doors but once restrictions allowed, it was decided to allow the public entry whilst volunteers continued to tend the area.
Party guests were able to benefit from the peaceful summer garden, chat together and enjoy drinks and tempting refreshments. They recieved thanks from chaiman, Lewis Kent, who said how many people had expressed their appreciation in having a lovely place open to escape to, most especially during lockdown days.
Car Wash News
The Physic Garden and the “Car Spa”.
As many of you are aware planning permission was granted in June of last year for a car washing business within the Central Car Park; but as a result of the Covid pandemic it has been largely inactive. It is only very recently that it started up again. It is an unfortunate fact that as no objections were received prior to planning permission being granted our scope for remedial action has always been very limited. Nevertheless we followed up at length both with the East Hants District Council (EHDC) and the South Downs National Parks Authority (SDNPA). It is important to remember that the EHDC act as agents for the SDNPA who are ultimately responsible for planning decisions within the Park.
Early on in this prolonged investigation the EHDC made specific assurances that the lease for the business operation would be restricted to two years and the noise coming from it would be closely monitored. Unfortunately neither of these assurances were kept to.
The matter was raised at some length with the SDNPA who admitted at the outset that the planning process could have been better handled. However as noted above once planning permission had been granted our scope for any remedial action was extremely limited. Under pressure though the SDNPA have now committed to monitoring the noise in order to endure that it does not become a nuisance either to the Garden of neighbouring residences. At the moment that is the best we can hope for.
If you do find the noise excessively intrusive whilst you are in the Garden then do please bring it to our attention. We can then alert the SDNPA.
Jenny Hill Lecture - Petersfield Physic Garden
Jenny Hill's recent Zoom lecture about the Garden on behalf of the Hampshire Gardens Trust met with an enthusiastic audience with over 60 people logging in
Jenny Hill is the Garden Manager of the Petersfield Physic Garden and has been a volunteer working in the Garden for the past 15 years. She has a very good knowledge of the history of the Garden and of the plants growing in it.
She is an experienced speaker and was able to reveal many of the little known aspects of the Garden and especially the mediaeval aspects of the herb usage a subject in which she specialises.

Country Farmers Showdown - BBC Programme

A sunny Sunday September afternoon saw the Garden hosting Diccon Green and his team filming for an edition of the 5th series of the BBC programme 'The Farmer's Country Showdown'. The team were in Petersfield primarily to film the Farmer's Market and cited the Physic Garden as an additional place of interest to provide a little feature which the producers call 'the breakout story'. Having had advanced warning of the event the gardeners had been very busy tidyng the Garden so it looked immaculate for the event.
The photoraph shows Jenny Hill, the Garden manager being interviewed for the programme.
A repeat of the show may still be watched on BBC iplayer.
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