Closure of The Memory Tree
It is with great regret that we have to inform you that the Jinney Ring memory tree will be shedding its leaves for the last time. Unfortunately over the past years with high winds and various named hurricanes the leaves were becoming damaged. This has prompted us to change the format of the memory tree to that of a tree with living form and Clematis will be gracing its bows.
Any leaves that have yet to end their term on the tree will stay on the tree until the end of the agreement made at the time of purchase, but we will no longer be taking new commissions.
Over the past 3 years with your purchase of glass leaves and your kind donations you have helped to raise £1770.00 for Alzheimer's Society United against Dementia. Thanks you so much for your enthusiasm and support.
If you have any queries please speak to a member of staff in the Jinney Ring gift shop.
An Introduction to our Gardens
The Gardens at the Jinney Ring have, until recently, been the ongoing love and a great deal of hard work for our former Gardener Jean Hubball and her helpers.
Jean transformed the gardens over a period of 10 years and really put us on the map for those who just love the views and the tranquility to those who enjoy looking at the specimen plants growing in the beds! Mike, who ran Arkle Plants until he retired in 2012, helped out in the Gardens too both with plants and design over the years.
Inheriting this wonderful legacy is our current gardener Jamie - you will see him in the gardens in most weathers as well as doing some maintenance around the site.
The gardens are the setting for our annual sculpture trail (Aug/Sept each year) as well as marquee events. Customers are also most welcome to eat and drink in the gardens and we have tables and chairs available. (Please note - we do not allow picnics - any food/drink consumed must be purchased from the Centre).
Fields and Woods
In the fields beyond the gardens we have cows and horses (not in winter) so there is always plenty to see.
There is a small wood at the end of the site (down the ramp by the carpark) - this is called "Sophie's Wood" (named after the previous owners' daughter). It is well worth a visit and contains mainly English deciduous trees. Through these woods you can get onto the network of footpaths that cross the fields in front of the Centre. See the Local Walks section for more information.
Vintage Farm Equipment
There are many pieces of old farm equipment around, much of it has been donated to us over the years.
The Golden Hour
Ducks and Ponds
The Jinney Ring ponds have long been the home for White Indian Runner ducks, Crested White ducks and Call ducks.
Currently on the ponds we have some Bali ducks (white with crests), Call ducks, some beautiful Silver Appleyards and some very chubby Pekin ducks.
Each year we breed some more ducks of our own - from our own eggs and also buying in some new stock. It is always lovely to see what hatches and watch them grow up.
To give our ducklings a chance of survival we collect eggs from the islands in Spring and incubate them. When the ducklings hatch we keep them in a nursery pen (which also acts as our "hospital" area too) until they can fend for themselves.
Information and Caution
As a Jinney Ring duck I love to welcome visitors - specially when rewarded with corn! (Situated in the doorway of the conservatory, small charge applies.) We all love bread too of course, but we know it is not very good for us. (They say there are no nutrients and it goes straight through us!)
We are quite a varied bunch and revel in our diversity! We do inter breed but you can still see Runner, Aylesbury, Pekin, Appleyard and Cayuga ducks as well as the wild Mallards in amidst the throng. We are very lucky and get to live in these lovely gardens complete with the two swimming ponds! Most nights we go inside to sleep in the large pen by the gazebo, although sometimes we take a chance and are dirty stop outs. There are however many dangers in the garden, especially at night - the fox is quite often about as are birds of prey.
When you visit we aim to entertain you quacking, swimming, dabbling and fighting. We also mate and this can look like fighting as it is often a bit aggressive. Our flock here is mainly females (Ducks) but there are a few males (Drakes). The females lay quite a lot of eggs and these regularly get used in the kitchens in the homemade cakes.
* Feed us corn, we love it!! Feed it on the grass though as it sinks to the bottom if you throw it in the pond.
* Enjoy watching us and take some picturesanything unusual do share with us on our duck facebook page!
* Wash your hands and childrens hands before eating after you have been with us.
HAND WASH FACILITIES ARE SITUATED IN THE RESTAURANT AND OFF THE MAIN CORRIDORS
* Walk on the grass with bare feet and do watch out for crawling children, our toilet training has not been good!
* Touch us - we are lovely and soft but our feather are coated with oil to help us float and you can take it off by touching.
* Chase us - we get very stressed when children or animals chase us and this can lead to all sorts of illnesses and death.
* Introduce us to your pets - we like to see them but from a distance when on leads.
Ducklings at Jinney Ring
Baby ducklings soon turn into gangly teenagers!