10 Highlights of the Garden

  1. The Avenue
    This was originally planted with limes around 1750 with a number of additional plantings in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Restoration was carried out in 2014 replacing non-lime species with 18 new trees.
  2. The Ha-Ha
    The field either side of the Avenue were origianlly much lower than now. The Ha-ha wall ensured that livestock could not access the Avenue but those walking down it had an unrestricted view across the fields. There wa sa tunnal under the Avenue (now blocked up) to allow sheep to pass from one side to the other.
  3. Squirrel
    Look out for the Squirrel gaurding its nut haul in one of the older trees in the Avenue.
  4. Owl Patrol
    Look out for the Owl, the Wild Garden ‘Eye in the Sky’, surveying what is happening below.
  5. The Round Pond
    The giant lily pad in the centre of the Pond provides a safe haven for moorhens to nest in the summmer.
  6. The Cedar of Lebanon
    The Cedar, orginally one of two, was planting in the mid 1700s. The second cedar was destroyed in a storm in the 1980s and this allowed a tenatve ageing to be carried out.
  7. Views across the Upper Pond
    The willows coming downto the water have made a creative backdrop to many apicture, including lurking luionas by local artist Penny Fulljames.
  8. Pulhamite
    Look at the stonework below the central dam, it looks like it has gown out of the dam! This is Pulhamite, a special rock material invented by James Pulham around 1860 to provide an aged look to stonework and grottos
  9. The Glade for Reflection
    The tree in the centre is a Swamp Cypress, originally introduced into Britain in the 1640s. It is deciduous, truning red in the autumn and loosing its leaves over winter. It comes back into left around May.
  10. The Sluice and Dam
    The end point of the Wild Garden where the water flows over the sluice and down to the Evenlode. the dam was restored in 2022 with a new set of coping stones to stop leaks.