The gardens


The Wilderness dates from the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries and was originally set out geometrically with trees in straight rows, a practice which was later dropped. It survived the English Landscape improvements. Informal paths were made through the Wilderness in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It is actually divided in two by the South Lime Avenue. The East Wilderness area in particular has been cleared out and tidied. Informal paths have been introduced which exploit the view into the park and across the lawn. Natural regeneration is managed, and wild flora and fauna actively encouraged. The yews at the top entrance to the Wilderness have been cut back and the ash trees taken out in order to recreate the view as it was in the Victorian period.

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Inside the Wilderness

Inside the Wilderness

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