Taking a trip to a coppiced woodland gives visitors the chance of seeing a fabulous range of plants, butterflies and birds.
During May 2012, Hoveton Hall Gardens will be opening a new path through a part of the estate that isn’t normally open to the public, and this will allow to enjoy their stunning carpets of beautiful wild bluebells.
The trail is self guided and leads visitors from the water garden through coppiced woodland areas and along the lake. Steve Wright is the head horticulturist at Hoveton and he says that the practice of coppicing has all but died out in many British woodlands but at Hoveton is continues to provide the ideal conditions in which bluebells can thrive.
He added that it also encouraged other typical woodland plants to grow such as wood anenomes, twayblade orchids and foxgloves. Not only that but the area also attracts numerous birds such as blackcap, buzzard, treecreeper, marsh tit and chiff-chaff. The butterflies likely to be spotted here include comma, speckles wood and brimstone.
Hoveton Hall Gardens is one of Norfolk’s best kept secrets. It offers a rare mixture of experiences for gardeners, walkers and families – on the one hand there are the woodlands, the water garden, with its natural tunnels, bridges, nooks and crannies, and the park. On the other are the walled garden, with its unique spider gate, the kitchen garden, the 18th century ice well and the early 19th century glass house. There are also adventure trails and activities for children.
Admission prices are £7.00 for adults, 4-16 year olds £3.50, under 4s free. Family ticket £19.00. OAPs £6.50. Wheelchair users and carers £5 each. Other facilities include the tea rooms, plant sales, gift shop and guided tours. The gardens are open Tuesday – Friday and Sunday, 10.30am to 5.00pm. Last admission 4.00pm. Hoveton Hall Gardens is situated at the edge of the Norfolk Broads, just north of Wroxham. Follow brown and white tourist signs off the A1151.
For more information visit www.hovetonhallgardens.co.uk or call 01603 782558 or 07825 517647.