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Beautifully trimmed hedges in a bilateral Celtic design enhance the view from the patio. The gardens are divided into three zones, formal, parkland and wildlife areas. The wildlife areas have been so successful that a guest was delighted to find an orchid growing there. The five members of the ground staff are to be congratulated on their innovative designs for the numerous bug hotels, seats, plant containers and a hedgehog house all made from recycled pallets and other materials.

Constructing bird boxes with their names on for a team building exercise for the indoor staff was followed up by an exercise to find their named bird boxes which the ground staff had located at sites in the parkland trees.

Easy to read double sided interpretation boards are in place at relevant points, illustrating birds, fish, trees and insects. A bird hide has been built on the far side of the lake. The beach area is appropriately planted with drought tolerant plants and at the cottage a war garden and a peace garden have been designed to make the 70th anniversary of the end of WW2.

Several stained willow sculptures, including one of the racehorse, Warpath, are aesthetically placed to enhance the landscape. A post box in one of the arbours in the grounds invited comments and suggestions from guests. The portfolio of the seasonal changes in the garden was much appreciated.