Herstmonceux Parish Trail – Sunday 2nd July, 12-5pm

Stroll around the Herstmonceux Parish Trail for the National Garden Scheme on Sunday 2nd July from 12 – 5 pm!  Start the trail from Cowbeech House in the centre of Cowbeech village (opposite the Merrie Harriers Pub) or at any of the other gardens taking part for the combined admission of just £5 (children free).

Five gardens will be open as part of the Herstmonceux Parish Trail this year…

COWBEECH HOUSE: A Grade II listed building from 1731 with an ancient chantry. There are scenic views and more than one surprise in this garden. Be mesmerized by the tranquil sounds of over seven water features, consisting of historic wells to waterfalls. Soak up the atmosphere and take time to reflect in this truly unique garden.

ALLOTMENTS AT STUNTS GREEN: Opened in March 2009, and consisting of 54 parish plots.  The allotment holders comprise of the enthusiastic young and the experienced old. Come and speak to the holders with hints and tips for growing your own and hear their stories of trial and tribulation. See the fantastic array of different produce from the traditional crops to the more unusual. Join us for some fine community spirit! 

MONTANA (CHURCH ROAD, HERSTMONCEUX): Charming, romantic village garden.  A stunningly romantic garden on the village outskirts, planted for year-round interest and colour with creative touches throughout.  Plants for sale.

TWO ACRES AT LIME CROSS NURSERY: Created in the 1980’s by a nurseryman’s love of plants. This garden gives you a unique opportunity to see what a nurseryman achieved. With empathy for plants and a love of trees and shrubs, this garden has some hidden treasures. With a large pond at the bottom of the garden look closely and you will see fish, ducks and other wildlife.  Why not stroll around to the open pinetum garden which contains hundreds of different varieties of conifers which may surprise and inspire you!  Refreshments and toilets available in Olive’s Café.  Plants for sale.

1 ELM COTTAGES, WINDMILL HILL:  A small gem of a garden including flowers, fruit and vegetables and is truly inspirational. Audrey maintains her garden to a very high standard in spite of her physical challenges with the help of her best friend, her long handled fork!  Particularly impressive as this space was transformed from wasteland into the garden that it is today.

For accessibility and details for this trail, please visit https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/31488/

For more about the National Open Garden Scheme and all the gardens open for charity this year please visit their website: www.ngs.org.uk

More about Herstmonceux Parish Trail

Herstmonceux Parish nestles in the heart of 1066 county of East Sussex. It is a working rural community with an impressive history to match; one of the best brick built castles in the country, now owned by Queen’s University, Ontario and has the largest post mill in the country at Windmill Hill. The Parish has a few things to be proud of. It has a long tradition of trug making, with a working truggery and shop on the A271 to the west of the village. Starting from either Cowbeech or at one of the gardens in the village of Herstmonceux, the trail takes you through an interesting variety of garden styles, from cottage garden, community allotments, formal gardens and a mature garden with large pond. At Lime Cross Nursery the cafe provides delicious cream teas and refreshments following your afternoon’s meanderings.