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Wild garden

From the early 1980s, this former sheep paddock was planted with silver birch, Manchurian pear, amelanchier, aspens, silver elm and hawthorns. In spring, mown paths wind through a fairy land of cream and black tulips dotted in long grass and drifts of forget-me-nots, aquilegias, honesty and primrose.

Simple white timber gates and rendered basalt walls, both constructed to the exact proportions Walling used, now link the original garden and the wild area. In 2001, following the loss of a large conifer in heavy snow, a further 40 metres of wall was built and new perennial beds created. The serpentine curves of this wall were inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy.