Hidden Gardens of Hadleigh 2018
When visiting these gardens please take care. Beware uneven paths, steep (and in the wet, slippery) areas. Please be especially alert to the presence of water whether in ponds, in some gardens, the river. Please keep a very watchful eye on children.
1. Willowbrook, Benton End. P. – Margaret Laws.
A half acre garden with views over the Brett Valley. A brook with wild flowers in its banks runs the length of the south boundary. Year round interest – shrubs, perennials, informal beds with mixed plantings. Be aware of water in the brook and also steep banks. Entry up front drive. Disabled access: difficult steep entrance drive; some hard standing around house. Parking at foot of drive is dangerous. Poor visibility
2. 18 Raven Way. – Pamela Bowden.
The garden was created by the past and present owners. It has a wide selection of plants and also hedges of hornbeam and yew. Note and beware small unfenced pond.
Views stretch across a field, the River Brett, playing fields and up to Holbecks. A quiet place to sit and contemplate. Entrance is to the side of the house along a gravel path. Wheelchair access is possible with care. There are some steps in the garden but these can be avoided.
3. 70 Benton Street. – Merja and Chris Stephens.
An established garden falling in several levels to the River Brett. A wide selection of trees and shrubs, with a particular emphasis on scented plants. On the highest level is a courtyard and a small circle of lawn surrounded by perennials, herbs and lavender. This leads down to a secluded spring garden, which opens out into a larger informal area. Access from Benton Street to the left of the house; disabled access difficult. There are some steps as well as some shingle. The river at the bottom of the garden is unfenced.
4. Fireside Cottage, 50 Benton Street. – Kay and Kevin Oxford.
A small established garden overlooking the Brett valley; created entirely by the present owner, and accessed down several flights of steps. Mixed borders that are wildlife and insect friendly containing various shrubs, bulbs, herbaceous plants and grasses. Access down side of house. Sleepers constitute some terracing and steps – beware, can be slippery if wet. Disabled access not really practicable due to the steps.
5. Black Swan House, 4 Benton Street. – Clare and Mark Dawson.
Access off Benton Street via Black Swan Yard. Unsuitable for disabled access. Entry into high level terrace by the house looking west towards the River Brett; garden accessed by steep steps from the Terrace. The garden has been recently remade and totally redesigned. Extensive central lawned area is bordered by herbaceous plants, roses and other shrubs. Vegetables and fruit are grown at the far end.
6. 2 Benton Street. - Annabel and John Hunt.
Established town garden. Central lawn surrounded by shrub/herbaceous borders, with similar lateral borders on each side, and a lower level for herbaceous plants, roses and some vegetables. Silver leafed pear, purple leafed cherry and ornamental maple and two mixed borders on driveway outside, facing Cross Maltings. Entry from Cross Maltings. Disabled access from same point. Level patio within. Flank paths in garden are pea shingle as is the parking area below. The lawn is level but accessed either down two steps from the patio or from the flank paths.
7. Hadleigh War Memorial Garden.- The Royal British Legion, Hadleigh in attendance.
This garden has been long established and The British Legion recognise this and plan to restore it progressively, refreshing it and rendering it a more formal space. This will take some time. The key dates in their plans are 2018, the centenary of the 1918 Armistice, and 2021, the centenary of the official opening of the War Memorial. The Legion will be represented on site and this will be an opportunityfor visitors to pop in for a chat and see the plans
8. 6 Market Place. – Ro and John Stickels.
Well established fully enclosed small town garden with good selection of shrubs and small trees, including an Olive, a very mature Wisteria, a prolific crab apple and some espalier fruit trees; plenty of other plants.
Entrance from side walk – opposite Old Guildhall; disabled access should not be a problem.
9. Toppesfield Mill House, Tinkers Lane. R. WC. Raffle. – Gale Pryor
A fairly extensive garden (one acre approx.) currently being refurbished and extended. Recently rabbit proofed. Extensive lawns. There is an old well grown wisteria, climbing roses and clematis. A small well established front garden. In the rear garden you will find one of the Ipswich pigs ((St. Elizabeth Hospice). Also some other statuary. There is also a fairly newly planted orchard and a vegetable patch; also a swimming pool (fenced off) and a fairly large pond (NOT fenced off – BEWARE). This garden is planned as organic and wildlife friendly.
Entrance through double gates to right of the house. The site is level and should be accessible to wheelchairs but most of a visit will be over grassed areas. Note nearby medieval Toppesfield Bridge over the river.
10. The Guildhall. Guided tours will take place of the medieval Guildhall Complex (including the garden) at 11.30a.m., 1p.m., and 3p.m. – price £3 per person; tours will last approximately one hour and will start from the Church porch. Proceeds from these tours will go to the Hadleigh Market Feoffment Charity.
11. Sycamore House, 4 Church Walk. – Scott and Gemma Reynolds.
Small walled garden in the centre of Hadleigh with a north-easterly aspect. The garden contains a range of fragrant roses situated throughout its borders and patio containers; scented patio, climbing and standard roses can all be found. Entry at the rear with two small steps. Disabled access difficult.
12. Deanery Lodge, Church Walk. - Sir John Hall Bt.
The garden was extended and laid out between 1994 and 1996 to lawns, beds, shrubs and a wild garden. It contains two ancient specimens – a mulberry Tree and a very large London Plane Tree which is thought to be the tree included in Thomas Gainsborough’s picture of Hadleigh. No parking; access by foot from the churchyard (north-west corner) via the gate (passable by wheelchairs). Dogs allowed on a lead. Beware the river at the end of the garden.
13. Tye House, 95 High Street. – Carol and Christopher Pertwee.
A recently created garden now beginning to achieve the desired peace and calm. Starting with a bare patch, undergoing several changes of mind and moving some plants more than once, the end result is shaping up. Access from the rear from service road off Pound Lane. Disabled access no problem. The site is level.
14. The Gables, High Street. R. WC. – Stuart Service and John Lovett.
Small courtyard garden; central lawned area with perimeter shrubs; extensive potted plants and a large collection of geraniums. Entry at rear through the Car Park access adjacent to Sue Ryder; disabled access no problem but there are two steps down to the WC.
15. Tring House, 130 High Street. – Maude and John Parry-Williams.
Well established walled garden. South and north facing walls allow for very different plants, mainly perennials. There is also a west facing rockery. The soil is a light loam – good for acres, paeonies, clematis and roses and in the shade for hellebores, penstemons and hydrangeas. Has interesting trees, eg tulip, strawberry, medlar. Back garden has fruit trees, veg, plants and newly created wild garden. Access by side gate in High Street. Disabled access – initially difficult for wheelchairs (two steps up) and there is a gravel path but the lawn could also be used. Beware small pond.
16. Bridge Street Allotments. WC (composting toilet with disabled access) R (dependent on weather) - Bridge Street Allotments and Leisure Garden Association.
Allotments covering an extended site, principally growing vegetables and herbs. Beware river along west side. Access through the Babergh D.C. car park in Bridge Street. Disabled access (but probably not for wheelchairs) is practicable and the site is on one level, but note that all paths are grass, and the ground is rough. Visitors can be accompanied round the allotments.
17. 11 Station Road. – Stella and John Scanlon
A well established garden surrounds the property. Over the last twenty years the garden has gradually developed both in terms of planting and landscaping. Within the last year a large bed at the entrance to the property has been replanted. Several trees have been removed to open out more of the garden and provide more light for the house. The garden has been opened out more with the recent addition of a Summer House - which has been greatly used already.
18. 24 New Cut. – Louise Chambury
This garden is a work in progress and over the last four years has progressed from a builder’s yard to the beginnings of a garden. Trees and boundaries are in and the major structure (a cart lodge) is up. The terraces and seating areas are all in place and all that is left is the pond and greenhouse, all of which are on the master plan. The garden is being developed to aid wild life, so the grass is full of clover etc. and the planting is chosen for both screening and for attractiveness to birds and mammals. Level access from the road down the drive (hard standing and stone).
19. 20 The Green. – Rosemary and Sid Cleaver.
Small south-west facing garden developed over the last few years; divided into several parts; circular, brick edged lawn, flanked by herbaceous borders, patio, trellises, and climbing plants, stone garden and vegetable plot with walled borders to front.
Steps if accessing from The Green, but level and disabled access from top of George Street adjacent to number 157. Most of garden is accessible to disabled. Drive is gravelled. Site is level.
20. 1 Oakleigh Cottages, Angel Street. - Brian Scott.
A courtyard garden recently acquired by the present owner and opening for the first time; paved and with assorted shrubs and climbers around the perimeter; also several small beds, a quantity of potted plants and a few ornamental garden figures. Access from Angel Street; disabled access should not be a problem.
21. Gable End, 99 Angel Street. – Stephen Stanley-Little.
Sunny open courtyard garden with brick patio, gravel and Mediterranean- style pots, roses and shrubs. Easy maintenance. Entrance through courtyard of 101 Angel Street.
21b. 115 Angel Street. – Tony Dewhurst
A walled, sunny courtyard garden. Designed to be lush, colourful and interesting, and make maximum use of the space. Climbers, tree ferns, a mature olive, bamboo, a wide range of perennials and grasses, a fountain and wall sculptures, baskets and pots. Entry through side gate on Angel Street with two steps.
22. Morningside, 87 Aldham Road. (corner of Aldham Road & Boswell Lane) R - Jessica and Andrew Janas
Crescent shaped front garden with small shrub border, established Wisteria and magnificent Eucalyptus tree. Small side plot with Magnolia Stellata, Ceanothus, Acers and back filled original 1925 well. Good sized rear lawned garden (rather more practical than beautiful!) with decking, small pond, shrub/mixed borders, large Rosemary bush, and potted herbs, Apple Tree and very large Willow. Recently created vegetable plots and raised fruit beds, double compost and leaf-hold areas. Note: various steps and narrow paths; not really suitable for wheelchairs. Access from Boswell Lane.
List of Gardens 2018