A garden visit: Whinfell Quarry Garden

Whinfell Quarry Garden is Sheffield’s own secret garden.  Despite being on a main road a few miles from Sheffield city centre and next to some popular footpaths, I never see more than a handful of people there. It’s a magical place and well worth a visit. A potted history. The garden dates from the turn … Continue reading A garden visit: Whinfell Quarry Garden

Sheffield’s bluebell woods

There is no better place than an English woodland in May, and I’m lucky enough to live in a city with some of the finest bluebell woods I know. Sheffield is a famously hilly city. Around a third of the city lies within the Peak District National Park and the western suburbs sit high up … Continue reading Sheffield’s bluebell woods

New Zealand flatworms in Yorkshire!

Last spring I picked up a bag of compost from the side of the shed and found a couple of New Zealand flatworms underneath. Yikes! These horrors are invasive species, and they eat earthworms so are not very welcome.  They are about 5-10 cm long when stretched out, although they are normally found curled up … Continue reading New Zealand flatworms in Yorkshire!