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Work by a wide range of modern sculptors will be displayed this summer in the gardens of 18th-century Wimpole Hall, a National Trust property near Royston in Cambridgeshire. The exhibition includes a reclining figure by the late Henry Moore. Other sculptures incorporate holograms, wind mobiles and work in bronze and marble. Wimpole was once owned by the 2nd Earl of Oxford, who employed sculptors Francis Bird and John Rysbrack to beautify the estate. Lord Harley, the earl, also brought in James Thornhill to decorate the chapel. Look out for the sculptures in the area between the stable block and the pleasure grounds. Wimpole Hall is open Tue-Thurs and on weekends (10.30am-5pm, but house 1pm-5pm), admission pounds 5.20. The exhibition runs until 15 September.

Tim Fell writes from Alresford about tomatoes (The Independent, 14 June). "Perhaps you aren't familiar with the catalogue of Simpson's Seeds, 27 Meadowbrook, Old Oxted, Surrey RH8 9LT (01883 715242). They describe themselves as `Founders and Administrators of the British Tomato Growers' Club'. Simpson's catalogue has 118 varieties of tomato. It also has an amazing range of peppers, both sweet and hot. The 40 or so hot ones are classified in their fieriness on a scale from one to 20."

I've just taken delivery of a fine bodger's seat for the garden. Bodging didn't always have its present dodgy connotations; it was a woodman's honourable trade in simple furniture, working outside in woodlands of ash and hazel coppice, with low-tech tools. Our seat is hazel, with sturdy, fat legs and a seat made of hazel poles laid lengthways on strong supports. Thin, splayed-out hazel wands make fan-like panels along the back of the seat. For a custom-made seat, contact Jonathan Marshall, Holm Cottage, New Street, Marnhull, Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 1QA (01258 821252).

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