Northwest Herefordshire must be one of the most beautiful parts of England – even allowing for the prejudice of one who lives here!
Just a mile down the road is the stunning half-timbered village of Pembridge, the centre of the visitor area known as the Black and White Trail. Five miles to the west the majestic Welsh hills begin. It is a locality which justifies a long journey if you have time to linger.
Hergest Croft Created by four generations of the Banks family the gardens extend to over 70 acres with more than 5000 rare trees and shrubs described as ‘one of the finest collections of trees and shrubs in Britain’.
Rhodds Farm Started in 2005 by Cary Goode, a garden designer, the garden comprises two acres around the house of formal planting and 13 acres of woodland carpeted with bluebells in spring.
Aulden Farm Started in 1996 by Alun & Jill Whitehead, Aulden Farm is a plantsman's paradise. Home to the National Collection of Siberian Irises.
Staunton Park Ten-acre garden with extensive rhododendron groves in spring. Large lake. Mixed borders planted over the last five years continue to delight well into September.
Oasis a watery wonderland by Carole Drake,
Gardens Illustrated, May 2012.
Water Water Everywhere by Peter Parker,
Daily Telegraph, 3 August 2002.
Water Water Everywhere by Tim Longville, photographs by Val Corbett, Country Life, 21 February 2008.
Drifting along to Happiness by David Wheeler, photographs by Jane Sebire, The English Garden, May 2008.
Water Water Everywhere, words and photographs by Carol Drake, Country Living, June 2008.
Follies of Europe Architectural Extravaganzas book and website; photographs by Nic Barlow, text by Caroline Holmes, London, 2008. To find Westonbury Mill on the Follies of Europe website, select UK in the list of countries. To view a PDF, double-click on Westonbury Mill.
The Folly Fellowship was founded in 1988 as a pressure group to protect, preserve, and promote follies, grottoes & garden buildings.