Make the most of your garden for health and wellbeing!

Posted on May 13, 2020 | News

Britain’s gardens have never looked better!

Those of us fortunate enough to have outside space – even if it’s just a bijou balcony or tiny terrace – have been exploring every square centimetre of it over the last few weeks in our bid to beat the lockdown blues.

Here in Lake District, we’ve enjoyed some unseasonably warm and sunny weather – not to mention the kind of rainfall levels usually seen only at the height of summer. And, with day trips to beauty spots firmly off the menu for now, our gardens have become treasured havens of peace and relaxation, providing a timely boost for both our physical health and mental wellbeing, as we plant, weed, mow and sow to our heart’s content.


Communities across the country are also discovering a new appreciation for the local companies who are quite literally going the extra mile to get essential supplies to households, in spite of difficult trading conditions. Residents in Russell Armer developments are telling us that they’ve been amazed by the quality and variety of products on offer from local garden centres and specialist plant nurseries – all delivered straight to the garden gate!

We’re all looking forward to shopping for new plants in person. Meanwhile Beetham Nurseries just outside Milnthorpe, Hayes Garden World in Ambleside and Larch Cottage in Penrith are among those businesses offering an online ordering service. It’s also worth catching up on recent episodes of Gardeners’ World (on BBC iplayer) for a host of handy lockdown tips for growing your own plants from seed and improvising planters and containers.

We hope that not only will we emerge from this crisis with a deeper love for the flora and fauna that’s right on our doorstep, but also with a determination to champion the independent businesses that have kept us – and our gardens – fed and watered throughout.

For our part, we’ve continued to sponsor the Cumbria Wildlife Trust whose staff and volunteers work so hard to support the county’s environment. It’s a tough time for all charities – and we feel that it will be more important than ever in the coming weeks and months to ensure our natural world consolidates the gains made as the world takes a much-needed breather.


Looking ahead

While you might be itching to up sticks and move to a fabulous new Russell Armer home (and garden) in the near future, there’s still a way to go before we’re anticipating a return to normality on our new developments.

At the moment, our sales offices are closed, but we will be opening show homes once appropriate safety measures are in place for staff and visitors. We will notify you with opening times and visiting procedures in due course. You’ll find lots of information online at and our staff are dealing with enquiries by email: – so do get in touch if you have a query.

We look forward to welcoming you as soon as it’s safe to do so. In the meantime, get gardening!