Holme Hale Hall gardens well worth a visit

Mary RuddIt is getting towards the end of the season for gardens being opened to the public but on Sunday there is the opportunity to see a really interesting one in mid Norfolk.Mary Rudd

It is getting towards the end of the season for gardens being opened to the public but on Sunday there is the opportunity to see a really interesting one in mid Norfolk.

Holme Hale Hall, which is between Bradenham and Necton, is a grade II-listed house with delightful gardens and traditional parkland where quite recently 250 trees were planted.

But perhaps of all the features, this garden is noted for its contemporary walled kitchen garden which unusually is adjacent to the house rather than at a distance. There you will see a wide variety of vegetables still growing and a marvellous selection of fruit trees and bushes including late raspberries, quince, figs, apples and pears.

Both the kitchen garden and front garden show the trademarks of Chelsea medal winner Arne Maynard who designed and planted them in 2000.

Beyond the garden there is a host of other interesting features, such as the carefully restored dovecote, which dates from 1832, and the wrought iron bridge, which was built in the 1820s.

There are restored outbuildings which show an orderly potting shed and also the planting plans which may well inspire visitors to go home and tidy their own garden shed and think about planting for next year.

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t These gardens are open from 2pm until 5.30pm on Sunday, September 13, with admission costing �3.50 for adults and children over 12. Home-made teas will be available to buy and all the proceeds from the day will help the work of St John Ambulance in Norfolk. For visitors with satellite navigation, the postcode is IP25 7ED.