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National Gardening Week

Posted on April 13, 2015 by Kirsty

Launched four years ago by the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society), National Gardening Week is a celebration of all things green! This fantastic event has grown into the country’s largest celebration of gardening and aims to encourage everyone, from young to old, to get outdoors and enjoy keeping their environment beautiful through gardening.

Here at Great Little Breaks we are fans of the great outdoors. No matter the season, there are always beautiful attractions to visit all over the UK and we are happy to say that many of our deals give you the chance to visit them. Why not take a look…

The Lost Gardens of Heligan:

Set in St Austell, Cornwall, the Lost Gardens of Heligan are the one of the most popular botanical gardens in the UK. This mysterious estate is renowned for its character and different variety of design styles.

Originally created by the Tremayne family from the mid-18th century to the beginning to the 20th century, these gardens surround Heligan House and are part of the Heligan Estate. The gardens were neglected for many years following the First World War and restoration did not begin again until 1990.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan includes the Italian Garden, the Jungle, the Pleasure Grounds and Ancient Woodlands where the ‘Giant’s Head’ and the ‘Mudmaid’ can be found. The gardens are described as ‘a treasure’ and ‘a fabulous find’, and attract thousands of visitors per year.

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Chatsworth House and Gardens:

We explored much of the history of this magnificent stately home in ‘Explore Chatsworth House’ last month, but the gardens here have a history of their own. The 105 acres of gardens at Chatsworth House have changed and evolved over the years, and still continue to do so.

From the Duke’s Garden to the famous Cascade water feature, the Modern Garden to the eagerly anticipated Sculpture Garden, all of these stunning areas are managed and maintained by a team of trained gardeners and volunteers who aim to preserve the history of this beautiful site. Visitors to Chatsworth House are welcomed to explore the gardens at their leisure or take part in a guided tour, with a great selection of daily talks for all ages.

For those who are looking to explore Chatsworth further, the 1000 acre parkland is home to a wide variety of woodland and wildlife. The Park sits on the banks of the River Derwent and provides an impressive backdrop to the house itself.

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Tatton Park:

This historic estate is located in the beautiful Cheshire countryside and has been awarded as Visit England’s Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2014. This National Trust property attracts thousands of visitors and hosts over 100 events annually.

The former Egerton family home is located within 1000 acres of landscaped deer park and parkland, all of which is open for the public to explore. There are a number of activities visitors can also take part in, including horse riding, sailing and cycling.

The gardens at Tatton Park span over 50 acres and have been developing for over 200 years, with each owner of Tatton Park making their mark. The gardens lie to the south of the hall and consist of both natural and formal designs. The famous Italian Garden was designed and laid out in the late 19th century and contains a statue of Neptune at its centre. Other gardens include the Pleasure Garden which was used for the enjoyment of the family, the Rose Garden, the Topiary, the Arboretum and the Japanese Garden which includes a Shinto shrine and traditional tea house.

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