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Celebrate the year of the English Garden in 2016


2016 is being labelled as the year of the English Garden, and VisitEngland is marking the occasion by celebrating all that is great about the nation’s outdoor beauty spots which have received so much love and attention over the years. From working gardens to relaxing havens, England has a proud history of horticulture and with a wide range of uses and interesting historical backgrounds to its home grown open spaces, it’s time to enjoy them in all their glory. England boasts luscious greenery that’s been featured in films and TV shows, bursting flowerbeds which have graced the presence of the rich, famous and royal throughout the centuries as well as parks and landscapes offering breath-taking views in unique locations that are sure to amaze any visitor.

Throughout the year we will be showcasing Nottinghamshire’s great gardens to offer a ‘snow-drop’ of inspiration for places to enjoy while you’re experiencing the great outdoors.

Nottinghamshire is blooming with landscapes which will take your In association with VE - 2016 - YEG logo RGB POSbreath away and leave you in awe of their sheer beauty – whether you desire to wander through fields of gorgeous snowdrops, patches of home-grown fruit and vegetables or peaceful plants and water features which will relax you to your core.

Hodsock Priory for example, situated close to the picturesque and peaceful village of Blyth in the very north of Nottinghamshire, puts on a fine floral display with its snowdrops from February – March every year followed by the colourful bluebells from April – May. Add into the mix its veteran oak trees and peaceful 12 acres of woodland and you have a stunning historic sanctuary to enjoy at your leisure. The gatehouse situated in the grounds dates back to the Tudor period while the house harks back to the 1820’s with its interior design, combining beauty and history at this fabulous attraction.

If regular relaxation is part of your routine for 2016, then a stop at Pureland Japanese Garden and Meditation Centre would be perfect for you. Offering a slice of Japan to rural Nottinghamshire, this sanctuary of calming water features alongside a specialist meditation centre offering classes in relaxation in order to unlock a more serene inner self to take you away from the stresses of everyday life.

Lovers of a good fairytale will be swept off their feet at the Arboretum in Nottingham’s city centre. It’s an oasis of peace and tranquility within a bustling city centre, perfect if you’re in need of an escape from crowded streets. The Arboretum is said to be the inspiration behind Neverland in J.M. Barrie’s story of Peter Pan, after Barrie spent time working in Nottingham as a journalist for a brief period. The Arboretum is Nottingham’s oldest public park with plants and a layout that dates as far back as the 19th century.

Two more gardens which are written in the pages of history are those at Clumber Park and Southwell’s Workhouse. Clumber Park is a National Trust property, blessed with natural beauty in abundance with its two mile long lime tree avenue and 3,800 acres of farmland, woodland and parkland, making it a perfect spot to take the family and stretch those legs. Clumber is also home to the Walled Kitchen Garden, housing a range of fruit and vegetables and has been producing its local produce for Nottinghamshire and further afield for centuries. Workers would at one time pick the produce in the gardens which was once the property of the powerful Newcastle family. Southwell’s Workhouse, another historical gem owned by the National Trust, continues along similar lines with its former working vegetable garden, which played a crucial role in the life of the inmates of the Workhouse in the 19th century. Vegetable are still grown in the grounds today and can be enjoyed by visitors to this former Victorian workhouse.

Of course, there are plenty more examples of the great English Gardens in Nottinghamshire. So whether you’re interested in gardens with a historic twist, a peaceful backdrop or a place where the family can have fun and unwind, Nottinghamshire really does have it all.

Posted on 19 January 2016
Featured author: Tom

Nottingham lad who’s a proud Notts County fan, cheese fiend, chocaholic and loves travelling and music.

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  • Newstead Abbey. I am running FREE garden history tours at Newstead Abbey on most Sunday afternoons from May to September. The tours take place at 1pm and 2.30pm and last about one and a half hours. Visitors should book at the house reception on the day. The next tours are 15th and 22nd May.

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