Celebrate the year of the English Garden in 2016 – spotlight on Pureland Japanese Gardens
We’re continuing our year-long feature on Nottinghamshire’s contributions to great English Gardens. Celebrate the splendour and majesty captured within our herbacious borders, leafy suburbs and green and pleasant lands as Nottinghamshire regularly puts on a show with its stunning outdoor displays all year round.
For February, we’re inviting you to sit back and literally relax, as you step into the tranquil surroundings of Pureland Japanese Garden and Meditation Centre, located in North Clifton – north of Newark and to the east of rural Tuxford.
You will literally lose any stresses and strains of life when you step over the colourful threshold of this haven of peace and serenity, bringing a flavour of rural Japan to the heart of Nottinghamshire.
The gardens’s roots date back to the 1980’s, when owner Maitreya (Koji Takeuchi), wanted a slice of his native Japan in his new home. It was a labor of love which saw him transform a very flat and barron spot of Nottinghamshire land, spanning 2 acres, into a place where he could be at peace, meditate and invite others to join the tradition from his home country. The starting point was the pond, dug out by a JCB, with the resulting earth dug out used to create ‘hills’ which would then form part of the scenery within the garden. Once the pond was filled in, stones were placed around it by hand, followed by many more traditional features of Japanese gardens such as lanterns, bamboo, Cherry tree’s, moss and more. The end result has provided a place where you genuinely feel like you’ve been transported thousands of miles to the Asian continent, with just the the sound of water trickling in the background to accompany you on a quiet stroll.
A visit to Pureland also provides you with the chance to take part in traditional Japanese mediation with Maitreya himself, from individual one-to-one sessions, to classes for groups of between 2 and 15 people. Discover your path to inner peace and well-being and take away the skills necessary to keep a connection to Buddha and the Buddhist methods or relaxation.
And to complete your time at Pureland, it’s well worth walking through the crystal garden – which first opened in May 2013 and was the first in the world at the time. The result of four years of work, Maitreya created his crystal garden with the aim of helping people reach spiritual inspiration while focusing on the beauty of life. It’s a stunning focal point to what is one of the most enchanting beauty spots you will find in Nottinghamshire.
So the next time work and the stresses of life become too much for you, and you’re in need of an escape for a few hours, make a stop-off at Pureland Japanese Gardens for total relaxation and a little slice of Japan in the rural heart of England. To find out more on Pureland Japanese Gardens and Meditation Centre, as well as details on how to book that much needed meditation session for you and your partner, visit their website.