Mr Grime has again kindly agreed to opening the gardens to the public to raise funds for the National Garden Scheme who distribute their proceeds so generously to many worthwhile charities.
You can expect to have access to the 8 acres of managed gardens as well as access to the open areas of the 500 acre estate. The Theatre will host light refreshments for visitors at prices to please, the profits as with all moneys taken on the day will be added to the entrance fees for the National Garden Scheme.
Residents of the estate give their time to help with various duties before and on the day; baking cakes, directing traffic, greeting visitors at the gate and relieving them of their entrance fees, providing historical information, serving tea, coffee, soft drinks, washing up etc. The event shows how the resident community work together today just as previous estate residents worked together three hundred years ago.
Behind the stables, just in front of the theatre you will find local businesses and craft vendors. We encourage all visitors to have a good look around and speak with the owners as they are always willing to offer advice and support.
If you are a small business owner serving the community or if you are a craft business owner with wares to sell then we encourage you to contact us about setting up a stall for a modest fee (all of which goes ot the National Garden Scheme).
Following the great success of the 2016 Open Day we are pleased to announce that plans are well under way to repeat the event in 2017. Access to 8 acres of managed gardens as well as the surrounding woodland and open grassed areas will be permitted (except where wild stock are grazing) on the day.
Some of the views from the surrounding hillsides within the 500 acre estate are spectacular and only usually open to residents of the estate.
Within the gardens you are never really far from water that flows from a spring high up in the hills in the estate. The spring feeds the estate properties and the small stream. The stream has a number of small waterfalls that often become torrents of water in the winter months.
Originally the stream fed the estates lake which was stocked with fish for the Hall, unfortunately the lower dam wall broke and was never repaired. The more eagle eyed of you may be able to see where the dam wall breach was within the managed gardens. Thanks to the current owner, what had become a boggy overgrown area was lovingly transformed into the managed area we see today complete with two ponds fed by the nearby stream. The stream flows down from the ponds and a final water fall on it’s journey to join the local River Elwy.
The gardens are part of the original 17th Century estate and require constant attention. The trees have to be managed with care and whenever it is necessary to replace a tree the current owner makes every attempt to replace it with a native tree first.
Last year during some bad weather a tree planted in support of Bonnie Prince Charlie and known as the “Charlie Tree” was unfortunately damaged beyond all hope of saving it. However, even as you travel up the drive towards the main house there are many Oak Trees on the left and right that are well over 250 years old.
Apparently with trees like the Oak, a general rule of thumb is that a grown man can measure the age of the tree with arms out-stretched around the trunk, each measurement of those arms out-stretched represents 100 years of growth, so if it takes you three measures (arms outstretched) to get from your starting point on the trunk to that same point having travelled around the tree then that tree is about 300 years old! It is just an estimate, but interesting none the less.
If you would like to know more about the gardens or the estate, ask one of the assistants on the day, if they can’t give you the answer they will point you in the direction of the local expert.