Around The Garden
The Walnut Grove
The Walnut Grove owes its name to a small plantation of 23 atop its main bank, which were planted during the years when the Folly Garden was a lake for ornamental fowl. Like the Duckery this area fell into neglect and is also a place where Japanese Knotweed took hold.
Its key features are the stream which runs through the lower section, and, in the south west corner a newly constructed bridge joins this area with the Buttercup meadow on the other side of the stream.
The summer of 2013 marked the start of redevelopment for this area with dangerous trees being felled, Knotweed treatment started, and the stream being cleared out, and better maintained.
By the spring of 2017 and with knotweed under control, the public were able to access this area properly for the first time. Additional trees and shrub plantings will continue over the coming years, to coincide with the develpment of a better wild flower meadow. Grass paths guide visitor through, and if you are lucky, you might spot a flash of blue as the kingfishers fly past.
The White Screen Gates
These elegant wrought iron screen gates were designed by the famous smith Bakewell in 1722 and were originally the entrance to the Old Hall before being moved to their current position.
The stunning pebblestone mosaic was commissioned in 2006 by Lady Lavinia Cholmondeley as a memorial to her late husband Hugh, the 6th Marquess. Created by Maggie Howarth, this impressive work features the family crest and wheatsheaf. The border contains a ceramic feature in the middle of each scroll to reflect the life and loves of the Marquess, including; regimental insignia and military drums, horses, foxes, pheasants and prize winning bulls.
During the months of April and May, bluebells appear like a magnificent carpet, and are perhaps one of the most unmistakeable woodland flowers with the early spring flowering allowing them to make the most of the sunlight that is still able to make it to their forest and woodland floor habitats and attracts the attention of plenty pollinating insects.