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Gresgarth Gardens-A hidden gem

July 2, 2009

The hall at GresgarthWalk past the imposing sculpture of a Calydonian boar in the Forest of Bowland and be prepared to enter a pandora’s box of treasures as you enter Gresgarth Gardens

Set in the beautiful landscape in t the Forest of Bowland is the work of Arabella Lennox-Boyd,who for 30 years has crafted the delightful landscape using the contours of the valley around the Artle Beck .

There has been a building on this site for nearly 700 years,the Curzon family building a pele tower around 1330.

The sculpture of the Calydonian boar

The sculpture of the Calydonian boar

The house that you see now dates from the 18th century but was given its Gothic makeover in the early 1800’s by Thomas Edmondon who landscaped the gardens in their present form,planting many of the trees.

Lennox Boyd acquired the property in 1978 and has set about the 12 acres with some vigour.

Artle Beck winds its way around the gardens

Artle Beck winds its way around the gardens

There are over 6000 trees and shrubs but the site contains many features such as the water garden and woodland gardens as well as a number of walks.

The gardens are open just one Sunday in every month.The next opportunity to visit is 12th July for other times see This link

It is £7 per person to enter and you can get refreshments including some wonderful cakes made by the women of the local church

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