parks and gardens in the Lake District & Cumbria
Nowhere in Britain does the array of garden experiences compare, nor is there such nature and genius standing shoulder to shoulder.
Gardens in Cumbria that trace history and adventure at Levens and Muncaster. Grand gardens such as the one at Holker Hall. Compact gardens with enduring, caring family ties at Dalemain and Hutton-in-the-Forest. There's the opportunity to see more than 60 privately owned gardens that are part of the National Gardens Scheme and are not normally open to the public.
An Insight into Cumbria's gardens
Modern day plant hunters
Today gardens in Cumbria are rich with exotic species, to go in search of them is to become a modern day 'Plant Hunter'.
Ancient sweet chestnut
An ancient sweet chestnut in the grounds of Rydal Hall is estimated to be over 500 years old, and probably planted before the current hall was built in 1600. Its massive girth measures around 11m (36 ft), although huge burrs make precise measurement difficult.
The peak oak
The Peace Oak in Broadgate Meadow (next to the river), was planted by Canon Rawnsley (co-founder of the National Trust) on 19 July 1919 to mark a day of peace on the anniversary of the start of World War One.