Today, Her Majesty The Queen is hosting the first of her three annual garden parties at Buckingham Palace. She will be represented by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.
In the past, these parties were attended by debutantes, young aristocratic women who entered society at a formal ‘debut’.
Nowadays, the Garden Parties are used as a way to celebrate excellent public service as over 30,000 people are invited to spend a relaxed summer afternoon in the garden of Buckingham Palace, drinking tea and eating cake and sandwiches.
A network of sponsors including Local Government and other societies and associations nominate guests for invitations, hoping to achieve an accurate representation of communities.
The other parties at Buckingham Palace will take place on the 21st and 29th of May.
A garden party is also hosted every year for the Not Forgotten Association, a charity for war veterans at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. This year it will take place on the third of July.
Candide is excited to announce the launch of our first in-house podcasts, Fresh From the Pod and The Untold Story of Gardening with Tasmin Westhorpe.
As well as having over 25 years experience as a horticultural journalist, Tasmin is also an RHS Chelsea Flower Show Judge and co-Chair of The Garden Media Guild.
Fresh From The Pod is a podcast exploring Tasmin’s gardening adventures as she travels around the country to gain an insight into the worlds of other experienced gardeners and horticulturalists.
The Untold Story of Gardening will delve into the challenges that face gardens and garden centres as Tasmin meets the most influential people in horticulture to discuss all things gardening, plants and business.
The podcasts will be available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and via the links below.
For mental health awareness week, Forestry England has selected their top ten walks for your wellbeing.
Following on from research showing that spending time in forests can improve our health and wellbeing, Foresty England has teamed up with TV presenter Kate Humble to encourage people to 'soak up the nation's forests'.
Kate Humble said: ' “Walking for me it’s a form of mediation, and the simple act of putting one foot in front of another has extraordinary benefits to my mental wellbeing. It helps me feel relaxed, less anxious and more creative.'
'I love to follow trails through the trees where with every step you can enjoy the sounds, sights and smells of nature. Never knowing what wildlife is going to appear on my pathway makes me excited! There is something so simple about walking but the benefits are huge.'
Their top ten walks are:
Alice Holt Forest – Lodge Pond trail
Blackwater, New Forest – Walk the Tall Trees trail
Cannock Chase Forest – The Fairoak trail
Dalby Forest – The Adderstone Rigg trail
High Lodge, Thetford Forest – The Fir trail
Jeskyns Forest– The Broomfield loop
Moors Valley Country Park – The Lookout
Symonds Yat – Mailscot Wood trail
Wyre Forest – The Buzzard trail
Haldon Forest – The Butterfly trail