Tower Hill

At the back of the Tea Room are several pathways taking you up Tower Hill which is the only area of the garden where dogs may be unleashed.

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The area was cleared of dangerous old trees, mostly beeches, and untidy undergrowth in the 1980’s, and with the help of the countryside commission extensive planting of indigenous trees was undertaken. This has made for a splendid background for a fine collection of more ornamental trees and shrubs including; Nothofagus, Camellia, Magnolia, Cornus and of course Rhododendrons.

If you follow the pathways straight up you are led out onto a marvellous panorama of the surrounding countryside, by which there is a truly splendid old Spanish chestnut. In late spring the lower slopes behind the tearoom are clothed in huge populations of English Bluebells which are a joy to behold.

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