1 Whitehouse Cottages, Essex: A Haven For Wildlife And People Alike

Nestled betwixt farmland in rural Essex, is a small secret garden, that has a wonderful charm and serenity to it. Set in three and a half acres, mostly paddocks, a little plot of loveliness wraps around a Victorian cottage, and roses smother the porch in June. A meandering lawn takes you through beds and borders softly planted with a cottage feel, a haven for wildlife and people alike. Take a step into summer with this virtual garden visit with an inspiring commentary from garden owner, Shelley Rand:

The garden is a haven for wildlife. When the garden is open – in 2021 Sunday 25 July 10-3.30pm – National Garden Scheme garden visitors often comment they could sit for hours just listening to the birds, and that’s exactly what the garden owners invite you to do. So bring your camera, sit for a while, breathe out and relax.

Parts of the garden are untended, this is a deliberate strategy to encourage wildlife and give them rough areas of garden, undisturbed by cultivation.

The planting is designed to stimulate the senses, touch the grasses, smell the roses, hear the trees on the breeze…

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