Since purchasing the property in 2015 we have been keen to develop the formal gardens whilst maintaining a sympathetic balance to the surrounding woodland landscape. This has included redefining the main borders on ‘Shelley’s Lawn’ planting hydrangeas, scented roses, gerbera and careful pruning of the existing camellia’s, Himalayan fuscias and other older shrubs. Regency style chaise longues with scrolled backs, elegant garden ornaments now feature on ‘Shelley’s Lawn’ with our Victorian style rose pergola and sun dial being the main focal point. Newly cleared ‘Windchime Walk’ leads the way from ‘Shelley’s Lawn’ to the ‘Lily Pond’ at the foot of the South facing lawn. Something not to be missed is the enchanted night-time garden which comes into its own at dusk – showcased with a thousand dancing lights and strategically placed flickering flame effect batons.
Regular visitors to the garden include badgers, rabbits, squirrels, hedgehogs, stoats, reptiles, amphibians newts, toads, frogs and the Pipistrelle bat. During our first year here at The Plas we had a ewe and her lamb graze on the lawned areas and a couple of ducks on the ‘Lily Pond’. The female Mallard later went on to give birth to 10 fluffy chicks who stayed by the waterfall for awhile before being carried off to new adventures in the cascading water.
We have many diverse species of birds and the gardens are a haven for our twitcher and birder guests. The dawn chorus is a very special treat indeed and from March to July, our feathered alarm clocks defend their territories singing to attract a mate. The first songsters of the season are residents such as robins and great tits, joined later on by migrants like chiffchaffs and blackcaps to make May and June the peak time to enjoy the dawn chorus. Not forgetting our resident short-eared owls and green woodpeckers who can also be heard at various times of the year with red kites and buzzards a common sight too.
Forget the humdrum of the daily routine…….. Come and discover our little piece of ‘heaven’ that is uniquely The Plas Wildlife & Gardens……..