A walled garden offering delicious solitude for readers and nature lovers

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If you should be looking for a quiet place to retreat with a good book, I suggest Manorowen Walled Garden. There is a small entrance fee but I am sure that you could find a comfortable seat and spend a delightful day hidden amongst the greenery. The surrounding walls are massively high in places, and overgrown with ivy – just like I imagined the walls in Hodgson-Burnett’s ‘Secret Garden’.

The garden originally contained a summer house, dating from the late eighteenth century, whose (treacherously unsafe) ruins are tantalisingly glimpsed at the top of a slippery climb by the entrance.

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The garden itself, even in early winter, is full of interest and if you like your gardens veering to the wild, rather than the manicured, you’ll love this place.

As a bonus, there are plants on sale. I left with two little azaleas that I know will do well in my garden at home and be welcome reminders of my visit.

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About bookvolunteer

I'm passionate about books, about Oxfam and about making the world a better place. When I'm not filling the shelves in Oxfam Wilmslow, I might be found reading the books I've bought in the beautiful surroundings of North Pembrokeshire.
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