Two more open gardens are coming up this week (June 23rd & June 25th) with Shropshire Historic Churches Trust including former Jacobean hunting lodge, Gatley Park near Leominster, opening for the first time this year and a village trail at Clee St Margaret.
The SHCT Gardens Open scheme raises over £25,000 every year to help with the upkeep of Shropshire's historic churches. It's currently in full swing, with regular openings across the county every week. It's a chance to have a snoop around some truly stunning properties and get some tips on planting for your own back yard!
Opening for the first time is Gatley Park, on Friday, June 23rd from 2-5pm at Leinthall Earls, Leominster, HR6 9TR
This Jacobean former hunting lodge sits in a dramatic position overlooking a wooded valley. The partially walled garden features falling terraces behind the house with knot garden and parterres. There is also a double yew alley and other topiary. The mixed borders contain a good collection of roses and are designed to provide colour over a long season. The woodland garden is a work in progress and was inspired by Scottish artist Leonie Gibbs. Other contemporary sculptures are dotted throughout the garden.
Church: St Andrews will be open.
Teas and cakes, plants, WC, No Dogs. £6 cash please.
Directions: In the hamlet of Leinthall Earls ( HR6 9TR) either turn left if coming in past Leinthall Quarry or if arriving via Richards Castle or Yatton pass the telephone box on the left and 50 yards later take a right through stone pillars marked Private Road. House is nearly a mile up this drive.
The sweet little church of St Andrews at Gatley Park
Clee St Margaret Garden Trail
Also on this Sunday, June 25th is the Clee St Margaret Garden Trail, from 11am-4pm.
Enjoy a trail around this delightful village with a selection of garden sizes and planting styles and some new gardens. Perennials, roses, produce, woodland, terraced and streamside areas. Including the conservation area of the village and views to Brown Clee Hills. The church, St Margaret’s will be open and sits nicely within the village.
Teas and cakes, some access to some gardens for wheelchairs. WC and wheelchair friendly WC in village hall. £6 cash please.
Approach the village via Stoke St. Milborough, Abdon or Bouldon. Tickets and parking at the village hall