Norwich’s Plantation Garden gets all clear after sinkhole found

The Plantation Garden has re-opened after being closed due to subsidence at a neighbouring property.

The Plantation Garden has re-opened after being closed due to subsidence at a neighbouring property. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

It is one of Norwich's hidden horticultural gems and, just in time for the start of the summer season, visitors can once again marvel at its delights.

The Plantation Garden has re-opened after being closed due to subsidence at a neighbouring property.

The Plantation Garden has re-opened after being closed due to subsidence at a neighbouring property. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

A 20ft sinkhole, which opened up at the hotel next to the Plantation Garden last month, meant the attraction was off limits to the public for more than two weeks.

But people have now been welcomed back into the three-acre, idiosyncratic wonderland. Nestled alongside the flower beds and lawns are a Gothic fountain, Italianate terrace, woodland walkways and a rustic bridge.

Roger Connah, chairman of Plantation Garden Preservation Trust, said: 'We're now open every day from 9am to 6pm.

'One of the first events of the summer season is going to be on Sunday, May 22, which is a nature trail for children.

The Plantation Garden has re-opened after being closed due to subsidence at a neighbouring property.

The Plantation Garden has re-opened after being closed due to subsidence at a neighbouring property. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016


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'The following Sunday, we will be starting our Sunday teas and homemade cakes.'

The gardens are also due to host outdoor cinema screenings in July and August.

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The historic gardens were built by Henry Trevor in the late 19th century. The upholsterer and cabinet maker spent considerable sums of money transforming a chalk quarry into the garden.

Visit http://plantationgarden.co.uk to find out more about the gardens.

The Plantation Garden has re-opened after being closed due to subsidence at a neighbouring property.

The Plantation Garden has re-opened after being closed due to subsidence at a neighbouring property. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

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