Kingswood Christmas Trees – a Kentish hidden gem!

Every year I purchase my Christmas tree from Kingswood Christmas trees, situated in the Kentish countryside, a few minutes away from Leeds Castle. Rob, the Christmas tree farmer, kindly offered us one his trees for the Open Day we held in October. Not only did he bring it along and set it up, he also let me keep it and it’s currently sitting outside the back door just waiting to be brought inside. Rob gave me the top of the range ‘Nordman Fir’ and barely a needle has dropped, mainly due to it being keep cool, outside and watered. It did try and make escape during the strong winds of a few weeks ago, but I’m pleased to say it didn’t make it very far.

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I thought Kingswood Christmas Trees deserved a mentioned, because not only are they a fellow local business, they provide a magical hideaway and a beautiful selection of trees. Not only that, they’ve been known to host fashion photo shoots with the odd famous face too (you can see the gallery in their shop).

When you arrive, not only are you met with a beautiful Christmassy vision upon your approach to the main entrance, there is a grotto inside, which is free to go enter and hosts ‘THE’ Father Christmas who makes an appearance during the weekends in December. I took these photos last Christmas with the purpose of writing a blog post before they open again this year.

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So, if you’re looking for somewhere a little different (and very festive) to purchase your Christmas tree, you can visit the Kingswood Christmas Tree Farm website, or their Facebook page which is currently being re-jigged!

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Trengwainton National Trust Gardens in Penzance – Royal Scarecrows?!

There is a hidden treasure lurking through the back roads of Penzance… the pathway to Trengwainton National Trust gardens. I can’t say I have ever been anywhere just to visit gardens, but I’m so glad I found Trengwainton earlier in the year. The kitchen gardens are amazing, like going back in time and seeing how large houses had walled gardens, cultivated all sorts of fruit and vegetables and flowers too. When I returned in September, there was a surprise addition, which is why I’m writing this blog post. Local school children from Pensans and St Madderns had made the most amazing scarecrows, all with a royal theme.

With assistance from a local artist, John Keys, the children produced ‘Kings and Queens’ inspired scarecrows to be displayed throughout the walled gardens. This part of Trengwainton is truly magnificent, worked on by a dedicated and friendly team who are happy to explain what they do in the gardens. I think some of the photos of the walled kitchen gardens speak for themselves:

So, on to the royal scarecrows. At the exit to Trengwainton there were a series of boxes where you could for your favourite. I started with a vote for Elizabeth II, then thought how wonderful Victoria was. But how could I miss out Aslan? Then what about the way Oberon and Titania were displayed amongst the pumpkins? And poor Charles II? Errrrr, yes I voted for them all. A coward’s way out and the votes cancelled each other out BUT well done to the school children who put the scarecrows together, I can’t wait to see the product of next year’s project!