Hidden Gardens of Hadleigh 2017
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 or 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. 130 Benton Street. – Isabel & Peter Wright.
An edge-of town garden with meadow views over the River Bret. A level garden accessed from Benton Street via pea shingle driveway and side gate. A lawn bordered with herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees leads to a small fenced orchard. Courtyard and pergola seating areas with wisteria, honeysuckle and a selection of roses.
3. 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.
4. Falcon House, 61A Benton Street. – Ann and Mike Horner.
A very small garden behind the old Falcon Inn, designed eight years ago by the late Audrey Tyerman for the present owners. To reflect the period of the house, Audrey introduced a suggestion of a knot garden. Two small areas surrounded by box hedging now enclose a very useful herb garden and a rose garden. To the north there are espalier/fan trained fruit trees on a wooden fence and to the east a quince tree trained over an old garden shed; three rambler roses are planted against the house wall. Small gravelled area in the centre of the garden. Access via side entrance from Benton Street. Disabled access might be easier from the (private) car park at rear of the houses, via the back gate.
5. Fireside Cottage, 50 Benton Street. – Kay and Kevin Oxford.
A small established garden overlooking the Brett Valley; created by the present owner; and accessed down several flights of steps; Wisteria, Physocarpus, Lilac, and other shrubs including some Roses; also herbaceous plants. Wildlife friendly. 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.
6. Hardy House, 32 Benton Street. - Hilary and Roger Young
The garden is only 10 years old, designed by Hilary for low maintenance, with Roger as gofer and project manager. Entry, via Benton Street, offers wonderful views across the Brett. The garden is on three layers. Parterres at the top terrace, vine arch with “red” flower beds and party lawn in the middle, a flint folly feature and garages below. An interesting assortment of trees, shrubs and sculptures. Steps that need careful negotiation make it unsuitable for wheelchairs below the top terrace.
7. Myrtle Cottage, 17a Benton Street. - Sarah Harris
A very small garden, showing what can be achieved in a small space, using just pots. Established over the last two years, there are 34 pots in total. With beautiful flowers, interesting foliage, scented rambling roses and visiting wildlife, the owner has tried to create a low maintenance, cosy haven in which to sit back and relax. There is partial wheelchair access to the garden, via a short slope.
8. 2 Benton Street. - Annabel and John Hunt.
Recently laid out 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.
9. 30 High Street. – Georgie and Ken Marchment.
A new formal parterre town garden still in the making and started about a year ago. Inter alia:- Roses with underplanting; Box hedges; pleached evergreen oak and clipped yew. All on one level but shingle paths.
Access through Fire Station Yard – entry a few yards to the south of Number 30.
10. 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.
11. United Reformed Church (URC) – Sensory Garden and Wildflower Area.
Come and rest awhile and enjoy the scents and sounds of our sensory corner at the URC. We are also developing a wildlife friendly area along the side of the Church with native wild flowers and other bee-friendly plants. It is in the early stages of development but we hope it will soon mature
12. Toppesfield Mill House, Tinkers Lane. R. WC. – 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.
13. 4 Church Street. R. WC. - Valerie and Simon Haines.
A well established walled town garden with quite an extensive lawned area surrounded by mixed borders with trees, shrubs, and assorted herbaceous plants, and bulbs, but including assorted fruit trees and some fine well grown trees including Magnolia Grandiflora, and a Liriodendron (Tulip Tree).
Entrance from Church Walk. The garden is basically all on one level but there are a few steps. However these should be avoidable by wheelchairs.
14. The Guildhall. Guided tours will take place of the medieval Guildhall Complex (including the garden) at 11a.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.
15. 5 Queen Street. – Sian Dawson
This Georgian courtyard garden was created in 1837, the year Queen Victoria came to the throne. It is south facing and overlooks St. Mary’s Church. It is a small traditional white town garden laid as a brick terrace and planted with David Austin climbing Roses, white hydrangeas and an assortment of pots. Access from Church Walk. Disabled access possible but narrow passage and one step. [?]
16. Sycamore House, 4 Church Walk. - Scott Reynolds and Gemma Ninnmey.
Small walled garden, nestled in the heart of Hadleigh, has undergone a transformation over the last year. It contains a range of fragrant roses situated throughout its borders and patio containers. Most plants are newly established, but complimented by an array of bedding plants. A seating area at the top of the garden makes the most of its north-easterly aspect and is a place to enjoy alfresco dining. Entry at the rear with two small steps. Disabled access difficult.
17. 127 High Street.- Ian Grutchfield and Matthew Hodges
[NB Sundry artwork for sale in the passageway – proceeds to “Hidden Gardens”]
Comprising two separate gardens in the early stages of restoration – firstly a kitchen garden of privet squares with tall herbs such as Lavender and Fennel mixed with Irises and Roses and a lawn dominated by a Mulberry tree. Secondly past a stove house there is a wild garden, an eclectic orchard of fruit trees old and newly planted.
Entry through gate at side of terrace. Disabled access practicable but to kitchen garden is up a ramp and to the wild garden is through a narrow gate and step with uneven ground.
18. 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.
19. 59 Castle Road. R. WC. – Heather and Clive Hobbs
Garden on the edge of town backing onto farmland. Created over the last six years and still being developed. Shrubs, perennials, small trees and mixed planting, along with some David Austin roses. Access to the left of the house – several steps up to the circular lawn. A path curves around the lawn to the summer house, then through a pergola leading to the raised bed kitchen garden, which includes a wild flower bed and a small greenhouse. Not really suitable for wheelchairs.
20. 33 George Street. – Julie Duckham
A mature partly walled garden dominated by a large Walnut tree and with a lovely brick patio area and brick paths. The planting is in cottage garden style and the overall effect is of a very relaxing and pleasant space. The garden is accessed by the side door to the main house and is on level ground.
21. The Row Chapel. – A C15 Almshouse Chapel still in regular use. It is normally closed when not in use but is open today for visitors. It is owned by the Grand Feoffment Charity (which also owns the almshouses) and donations or cash spent there will go to support the Chapel.
22. 24 New Cut – Louise Chambury
This garden is a work in progress and over the last three 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).
23. Morningside, 87 Aldham Road. (corner of Aldham Road & Boswell Lane) – 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.
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