Blickling Estate gardens open for national event
A stately home is set to open its garden as part of national scheme raising funds for charity.
The 55 acre garden on the Blickling estate, which is based near Aylsham, is to be opened up as part of the National Gardens Scheme on February 23.
The estate is run by the National Trust and the garden has been tended over the last four centuries.
The main garden to the east of the Jacobean house includes, the secret garden which is surrounded by beech hedges, the double borders and parterre, which was radically simplified by society gardener Norah Lindsay for the 11th Marquess of Lothian in 1932, the orangery which today houses citrus trees, the C18 Temple, the walled garden, the lake and ancient yew hedges. There is also a new rose garden which is starting to take shape.
Children are welcome at the National gardens event as are assistance dogs.
The ticket prices for the event are £5 for adults and £2.50 for children.
The gardens are open from 11am - 3pm.
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People should meet at the Estate Barn in the main car park and bring suitable clothing. The route is wheelchair accessible.
Since its foundation, the National Gardens Scheme has donated over £45 million to nominated beneficiaries.
For other opening times and information visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blickling or www.ngs.org.uk