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Local business awards - please vote for us!

Bradford on Avon Business Awards 2018

In this, the second year of the BOA Business awards, we are delighted to have been included in the nominations for the first time. The photo with this post is from July earlier this year when we hosted the Somerset Classic and Historic Motor Club here at Iford with nearly 50 cars participating, for visitors to enjoy. 

We would be exceedingly grateful if you could help support us by taking the time to complete the online voting form: https://www.boabusiness.co.uk/awards/

We have been nominated in the following categories:

  • Putting Bradford on Avon 'on the map';
  • Health, body and mind award;
  • Best coffee, cake or afternoon tea;
  • Making your customers smile; and
  • Best social media or digital campaign

Our very own Iford Cider has also been nominated for:

  • Best New Business; and
  • Best Local Food or Drink Producer

Voting closes at 6pm on Sunday 7th October 2018. We have our fingers and toes crossed!!!!! 

St Petersburg: Summer Palace "Heritage in Bloom" Exhibition

St Petersburg's Summer Palace - Heritage in Bloom Exhibition - June 21st to August 31st 2018

This exhibition featured carefully selected photographs chosen by The Russian Museum for display from the many members of the European Historic Garden Network, of whom we are a member. We were honoured to have three photos of The Peto Garden chosen for the exhibition as one of just 22 gardens European historic gardens featured, with a total of 48 photos on display from across 10 different countries.  

On the opening day of the exhibition 17 representatives of local embassies and other organisations from the UK, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Spain joined the opening ceremony. In the first five days the exhibition was looked at by c. 40,000 visitors. 

If anyone is visiting St Petersburg this week please do visit the beautiful gardens at the Summer Palace and support this wonderful exhibition. Further information can be found at this link: https://igardens.ru/en/event/heritage_in_bloom/

With huge thanks to the European Historic Garden Network (EHGN) who put us forward for this exhibition and to those at the Russian Museum who were kind enough to select us. For more information on the EHGN and the many wonderful historic gardens to visit across Europe, please follow this link: https://wp.eghn.org/en/european-garden-heritage-network-eghn/

Two other UK gardens were also featured in the exhibition: The Trentham Estate and Arley Hall, whose websites are here should you wish to visit them: 


Top Tips for making up your own Summer Pots and Hanging Baskets

Our expert propagator Alison Jones works hard in our glasshouses all year to ensure that the garden here benefits from beautiful pots in the summer months. See below for a blog post by her featured on the Historic Houses website with those all important top-tips for making up your own pots and hanging baskets.