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Throughout the pandemic, we have taken great care in ensuring that we have operated as safely as possible, in order to keep our wonderful customers and staff team safe.
We are still committed to keeping your safety as our priority, which is why we will be politely encouraging the continued use of face coverings, use of our hand sanitising units and ‘checking in’ via the NHS facility. Please also take your time to read our on-site information posters.
We will of course respect the decision of each individual, and we kindly ask you to also respect fellow visitors. We as a country have been through a whirlwind since early 2020; it is important to be kind and mindful while we approach the new ‘non-restrictive’ way of living.
Thank you to all of our supportive visitors, whether you’ve just popped in for a slice of cake, a stroll of our gardens, shared our social media posts or recommended us to a friend, we very much appreciate it!
We look forward to welcoming you to our ‘We’re Good To Go’ site soon.
Readers in receipt of The Villager Magazine, July editions (Potton, Henlow & Cambs) are entitled to 10% off any purchase from the Riverside Cafe or Mill Shop upon presentation of the advert. Please find Terms & Conditions below.
Terms & Conditions
- Recipients can redeem 10% off any purchase made from the Riverside Cafe or Mill Shop, on presentation of the voucher
- Voucher validity: 01/07/2021 - 31/08/2021.
- Management reserve the right to remove this offer at any time
- Vouchers can not be photographed, photocopied or duplicated. Any voucher presented of this kind will not be accepted.
- Voucher can not be exchanged for cash or other value.
Insect Week encourages people of all ages to learn more about insects (21st - 27th June 2021)!
We are surrounded by insects - but do we know much about them?
We thought we would share some of our favourite insect photos & facts with you, photographed by our Head Gardener in our Mill Gardens.
- Males can be seen rubbing their legs against their wings to create a 'song' for the females.
- In the UK, there are 11 native species of grasshopper
- In length, they measure: 1.8-2.4cm
- For more information, visit https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife-explorer/invertebrates/grasshoppers-and-crickets/common-field-grasshopper
Common Darter (Dragonfly)
- Darters have a squat, spider-like body-shape and a head that tapers back to the thorax.
The most common species of Darter that can be found well into November.
- Males can be distinguished by their dull to bright orange-red, especially on the upper surface of the abdomen.
- For more information, visit https://british-dragonflies.org.uk/species/common-darter/
Buff Tailed Bumblebee
- Otherwise know as a Bombus terrestris!
- One of the ‘Big 7’ widespread and abundant species, found in a wide range of habitats across the UK.
- Males are large, and the yellow in the tail distinguishes them from the White-tailed complex.
- For more information, visit https://www.bumblebeeconservation.org/white-tailed-bumblebees/buff-tailed-bumblebee/
Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly
- The Small Tortoiseshell is one of our most widespread species and has shown little overall change in range.
- Wing Span Range (male to female): 50-56mm
- It is one of the first butterflies to be seen in spring and in the autumn it often visits garden flowers in large numbers.
- For more information, visit https://butterfly-conservation.org/butterflies/small-tortoiseshell
For more information about Insect Week, Facts, Activities and more, visit https://www.insectweek.co.uk/.
Did you know, more than half of UK Adults say that being close to nature improved their mental health.
With this year's Mental Health Awareness Week being themed around Nature, we thought we would share some tips on how to utilise your Gardens to benefit your mental health.
- improve your mood
- reduce feelings of stress or anger
- help you take time out and feel more relaxed
- improve your physical health
- improve your confidence and self-esteem
- help you be more active
- help you make new connections
- provide peer support.
How to benefit your mental health by utilising your Garden space:
- Feed the birds! This might sound simple, but by regularly leaving out some bird food will encourage feathered visitors to your Garden. They are fascinating to watch and calming to the ears.
- Create mini bug hotels by stacking up piles of sticks and logs to attract other Wildlife types.
- Dine al fresco! Take your time to enjoy your meal in the surroundings of your Garden.
- Regular General Garden maintenance; pop out first thing in the morning before you've begun your busy day to de-weed, or top up the bird food! Taking those breaths of fresh air first thing can mentally prepare you for the day ahead. Immerse yourself in what is around you; sounds, sights and textures.
- Exercise in your Garden; how about a short Yoga session or perhaps some simple stretches.
- Lastly, if you don't have your own accessible Garden, why not visit a local free country park, woodland or public Garden!
Visit the Mental Health Foundation website for further tips on connecting with Nature > https://bit.ly/3tJTcs7
If you would like to speak to someone about your mental health, please don't hesitate to contact The Samaritans or your local GP.
'Every day The Samaritans respond to around 10,000 calls for help. No judgement. No pressure. We're here for anyone who needs someone' > https://www.samaritans.org/
Photos by Richard Webb, photographed at Jordans Mill.
Left to right: Orange Tip Butterfly, Ladybirds, Cowslips & Woodpecker.
Join us this May Bank Holiday; whether you want to indulge in some holme-made food from our Riverside Cafe, take a browse in the Mill Shop, leisurely stroll our Gardens or come along to our Spring Craft & Food Fayre (on Saturday 1st May only), there is something for everyone!
- Treat yourself to a Breakfast, Lunch or a light bite at our Riverside Cafe (dine outdoors or takeaway)
- Browse our selection of locally produced food items and holme-grown plants from the Mill Shop
- Stroll the Gardens, Meadow & Woodland areas
- Enjoy our first Craft & Food Fayre of the year (held on Saturday 1st May only, 10am - 3pm)
- Let your little explorers enjoy the great outdoors; take part in our Lets Go Wild: I Spy Activity Trail at £2.50 per sheet, available from the Mill Shop.
- Soak up the Spring vibes with our exclusive Barbeque (available Saturday 1st & Monday 3rd from 12 noon - 4pm, from the Mill Shop Courtyard only, subject to availability)