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Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest
Goudhurst, Kent, England
The National Pinetum, one of the world's best conifer collection, is a beautiful place to walk in all seasons. The 2000 acre Bedgebury Forest offers family cycling, mountain-biking, riding, walking, Go Ape and adventure play for all ages and abilities...
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Bewilderwood
Wroxham, Norfolk, England
BeWILDerwood is a wild and imaginative adventure park with magical treehouses and intriguing characters, bringing a curious difference to the Norfolk Broads...
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Brixton Windmill
Lambeth, London, England
Brixton Windmill was built in 1816 and is now the last survivor of the twelve working windmills in Lambeth. The mill, which is owned by Lambeth Council, is situated in Windmill Gardens, off Blenheim Gardens in SW2...
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Brogdale Collections
Faversham, Kent, England
Independent non-profit making charitable organisation which aims to promote research in use and appreciation of fruits and other horticultural products. Formed in 1990 to safeguard the long term future of the National Fruit Collections...
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Chelsea Physic Garden
Kensington and Chelsea, London, England
Founded in 1673 by the Society of Apothecaries, the Chelsea Physic Garden is London’s ‘secret’ garden of rare, historic and medicinal plants. An ethnobotanical display of world herbal medicine...
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Clearwell Caves - Ancient Iron Mines
Gloucestershire, England
Working mining museum still producing natural, iron-based pigments (ochre): yellow, red, purple and brown colours. Mined on a small scale by free miners. Suitable for artists or home decorators using natural finishes...
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Coombes Farm Tours
Lancing, West Sussex, England
Enjoy a trailor ride over 400 hectares of farmland in the South Downs. The journey will cover conservation areas where you will see wildflowers cascading along the bank and areas planted to encourage wildlife...
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The County Clare Farm Heritage Tours Co-op
Ennis, Ireland
We are a group of farmers from the Burren in Co Clare who have come together to interpret our land and promote our traditions. We have inherited an ancient and unique system that links us directly to pre-historic Burren farmers...
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David Welch Winter Gardens
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
One of the largest covered gardens in Europe with a floor space of nearly two acres. Stroll around and enjoy a wide range of plants from all around the world...
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Eden Project
St Austell, Cornwall, England
The Eden Project’s mission is to promote the understanding and responsible management of the vital relationship between plants and people...
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Forty Hall & Estate
Enfield, London, England
Forty Hall is a Grade 1 listed Jacobean Manor House, nestled in leafy Enfield. The 273 acre Grade II Listed Estate is as a rare example of an intact 18th Century landscape, and contains the archaeological remains of Elsyng Palace visited by Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Edward VI...
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International Centre for Birds of Prey
Newent, Gloucestershire, England
Described recently as a Hidden Gem of a place, the Centre houses over 280 birds of prey, eagles, owls, vultures, kites, buzzards and falcons. There are three superb flying demonstrations per day...
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Kilcoan Gardens
Islandmagee, Antrim, Northern Ireland
The gardens are situated within the peninsula of Islandmagee with beautiful views over Larne Lough and include a cottage garden, orchard, vegetable area and herb garden...
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The National Gardens Scheme
Guildford, Surrey, England
Gardens which welcome visitors on behalf of The National Gardens Scheme help raise much needed funds for some really great charities such as MacMillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care...
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National Stone Centre
Wirksworth, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Unique attraction in Derbyshire Dales. Set in fifty acres, the site reveals a tropical seascape found fossilised in rocks amidst stunning limestone scenery...
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The Natural World Centre
Hykeham, Lincolnshire, England
Located in Whisby Nature Park, the Natural World Centre boasts a café with spectacular lakeside views, a gift shop offering an exciting range of gifts including fair trade and eco products and the exciting Little Darters Wildlife Adventure Area for children...
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Pink Pig Farm Shop & Restaurant
Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England
Farm shop and restaurant near Scunthorpe. The Pink Pig 'grow' their own free range pork, chickens, eggs and vegetables and buy local lamb, beef, honey, jams...
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RHS Garden Wisley
Woking, Surrey, England
One of the finest gardens in the world, RHS Garden Wisley blends all the innovation and inspiration you would expect from the RHS with a beautiful and captivating range of gardens and planting combinations...
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Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Richmond, Surrey, England
Kew Gardens is home to over 300 acres of plant life, and three large and three small tropical glasshouses. It is a secret paradise situated in the heart of West London, containing the largest collection of plant species in the world...
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Syon Park
Brentford, Hounslow, England
Surrounded by its own parkland, with Kew Gardens across the Thames, it is hard to believe that Syon is barely 10 miles from central London...
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Waltham Place Organic Farm and Gardens
Maidenhead, Berkshire, England
A private organic estate for over 20 years on 170 acres, with inspiring naturalistic gardens, and both Soil Association and Demeter certified. About 100 acres are devoted to farming where permanent pastures, arable fields and orchards...
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Wembury Marine Centre
Plymouth, Devon, England
Wembury Marine Centre is a visitor centre providing information on the marine environment and is managed by the Devon Wildllife Trust. The Centre features an aquatic jukebox, a film - the Secret life of the Sea and aquaria containing local rockpool species...
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WWT London Wetland Centre
London, United Kingdom
An inspiring wetland landscape that stretches over 105 acres almost in the heart of London in Barnes, SW13. A place where people can leave the everyday stress of city living behind, find fresh air and become immersed in the wonders of wetlands...
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WWT National Wetland Centre Wales
Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales
The award-winning National Wetland Centre Wales is one of nine WWT visitor centres and reserves across the UK which welcomes over a million visitors a year...
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Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest

Description

The National Pinetum, one of the world's best conifer collection, is a beautiful place to walk in all seasons. The 2000 acre Bedgebury Forest offers family cycling, mountain-biking, riding, walking, Go Ape and adventure play for all ages and abilities.

The National Pinetum at Bedgebury is recognised as one of the most complete collections of conifers on one site anywhere in the world, and contains over 12,000 tree specimens growing across 320 acres including rare, endangered and historically important specimens. It provides a beautiful and tranquil setting to enjoy walks and picnics giving enormous pleasure to all those who visit it all year round. This is brought to life with Seasonal Trails which highlight particular points of interest and hidden gems amongst the collection. A network of paths throughout enables easy access for all levels of ability.

For healthy outdoor activity in a beautiful setting, Bedgebury is in a class of its own.

Contact

Tel: +44 (0) 1580 879 820
Email: bedgebury@forestry.gsi.gov.uk
Web: www.forestry.gov.uk/bedgebury

Location

Bedgebury Road,
Goudhurst TN17 2SJ
United Kingdom

Key Words

Bedgebury,Kent,conifer,activities,days out,cycling,walking,riding,playing,family,children,outdoor

Creation Date: 
Tuesday, 22 September, 2015 - 13:07
Last Updated: 
Tuesday, 22 September, 2015 - 13:07

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Brixton Windmill

Description

Brixton Windmill was built in 1816 and is now the last survivor of the twelve working windmills in Lambeth. The mill, which is owned by Lambeth Council, is situated in Windmill Gardens, off Blenheim Gardens in SW2.

In 2002 the windmill was placed on English Heritage’s Buildings at Risk register. In 2003 a determined local residents’ group, the Friends of Windmill Gardens, was set up with the objective of restoring the mill for future generations.

Restoration began in October 2010 and took seven months to complete. The windmill has been completely overhauled, and specialist architects and contractors were employed to undertake much of this work. The provender mill is now powered by electricity and is used for milling demonstrations. In November 2012 the sails turned for the first time following its restoration.

The gardens around the mill will continue to play host to a children’s playground, and the Friends have recently planted a herb garden and will be growing barley and wheat to be ground in the mill.

Brixton Windmill is open to the public throughout the summer for special events and tours as well as visits from schools.

Community and education activities for children and adults will be at the heart of Brixton Windmill’s heritage education programme.

Lambeth Council’s and the Friends of Windmill Gardens’ vision is for Brixton Windmill to be valued as a community heritage and cultural asset that will be maintained for generations to come.

Contact

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8676 4647
Email: info@brixtonwindmill.org.uk
Web: www.brixtonwindmill.org.uk

Location

Windmill Gardens,
West End of Blenheim Gardens, Off Brixton Hill,
London SW2 5EU
United Kingdom

Key Words

Windmill, places to visit, days out, things to do

Creation Date: 
Monday, 29 July, 2013 - 16:43
Last Updated: 
Monday, 29 July, 2013 - 16:43

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Chelsea Physic Garden

Description

Founded in 1673 by the Society of Apothecaries, the Chelsea Physic Garden is London’s ‘secret’ garden of rare, historic and medicinal plants. An ethnobotanical display of world herbal medicine shows the uses of plants by tribal and indigenous peoples. Holds summer exhibitions and offers tea-rooms, a shop and plant sales. Available for private hire. No dogs. Concessionary entry rates available.

Contact

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7352 5646
Email: enquiries@chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk
Web: www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk

Location

66 Royal Hospital Road,
London SW3 4HS
United Kingdom
Creation Date: 
Tuesday, 3 September, 2013 - 20:51
Last Updated: 
Tuesday, 3 September, 2013 - 20:51

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Clearwell Caves - Ancient Iron Mines

Description

Working mining museum still producing natural, iron-based pigments (ochre): yellow, red, purple and brown colours. Mined on a small scale by free miners. Suitable for artists or home decorators using natural finishes such as lime wash, distempters, washes etc. Beautiful colours. Also, nine large caverns with mining displays, cafe, shop, picnic area, open to the public daily.

Contact

Tel: +44 (0) 1594 832 535
Email: info@clearwellcaves.com
Web: www.clearwellcaves.com

Location

Royal Forest of Dean, Coleford, Gloucestershire GL16 8JR
United Kingdom

Key Words

pigment, paint, ochre, visitor attraction

Creation Date: 
Monday, 1 February, 2016 - 17:43
Last Updated: 
Monday, 1 February, 2016 - 17:43

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Coombes Farm Tours

Description

Enjoy a trailor ride over 400 hectares of farmland in the South Downs. The journey will cover conservation areas where you will see wildflowers cascading along the bank and areas planted to encourage wildlife. Lambing from 800 ewes and calving from 90 cows takes place from March to mid-April. There is also a barn available for hire for special occasions. The farm houses an 11th Century church famous for its frescoes. Stunning views across the Wealds and over the downs out to sea.

Contact

Tel: +44 (0) 1273 452 028
Email: berty@coombes.co.uk
Web: www.coombes.co.uk

Location

Church Farm, Coombes,
Lancing , West Sussex BN15 0RS
United Kingdom

Key Words

farmland, sightseeing, farm, visit, conservation, wildlife, farmlife, lambing

Memberships & Accreditations

FABLE
NFU

Creation Date: 
Monday, 1 February, 2016 - 18:31
Last Updated: 
Monday, 1 February, 2016 - 18:31

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Forty Hall & Estate

Description

Forty Hall is a Grade 1 listed Jacobean Manor House, nestled in leafy Enfield.

Gardens and Parkland
The 273 acre Grade II Listed Estate is as a rare example of an intact 18th Century landscape, and contains the archaeological remains of Elsyng Palace visited by Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Edward VI.

  • Ornamental lake, medieval fishing ponds and streams
  • One of the oldest Cedar of Lebanon trees in England
  • Georgian and Victorian flora
  • Walled garden and Pleasure Ground
  • Cycle or walk along the greenway path and enjoy the scenery
  • Children’s Wooded Play Area
  • The park is home to a wealth of wildlife and some protected species. Bird-spotters bring your binoculars!
  • Bring a picnic!

Forty Hall Farm
A historic working farm, championing locally-produced organic food and run by Capel Manor College.
Go behind-the-scenes of the Farm to meet the rare-breed livestock and to visit the Farm’s busy market garden, community orchard and the award-winning Forty Hall Vineyard. Pop in to the farm shop to stock up on organic meat and vegetables produced on the Farm.

Why not visit The Nice Green Cafe at Forty Hall Estate. It’s the perfect place to relax and unwind after a stroll around the park.

Contact

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8363 8196
Email: forty.hall@enfield.gov.uk
Web: www.fortyhallestate.co.uk

Location

Forty Hall,
Forty Hill,
Enfield, EN2 9HA
United Kingdom

Key Words

heritage,history,art,ecology, farm,vineyard,organic,sustainable,green flag,horticulture

Memberships & Accreditations

Forty Hall Estate - Green Flag Award 2014
Forty Hall Walled Garden - Enfield in Bloom, Exceptional Horticultural Contribution for the Local Community 2014, Gold Award
Forty Hall Farm - Soil Association Oraganic certified
The Market Garden on Forty Hall Farm - Soil Association Oraganic certified
Part of Growing Communities Start Up Programme, Part of the Garden Enfield Project.
Forty Hall Vineyard - Soil Association Oraganic certified
Forty Hall Orchard - Soil Association Oraganic certified

Creation Date: 
Tuesday, 7 July, 2015 - 12:20
Last Updated: 
Tuesday, 7 July, 2015 - 12:20

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Kilcoan Gardens

Description

The gardens are situated within the peninsula of Islandmagee with beautiful views over Larne Lough and include a cottage garden, orchard, vegetable area and herb garden.

The recently established cut flower field includes eight raised beds full of annuals and five large perennial beds all of which contain plants suitable for cut flower production. There are also several established perennial beds, a willow arch and a prairie border. Organically run, the gardens are full of a diverse range of wildlife, including many different birds and insects, with several wildflower meadows and a small pond. Mostly suitable for wheelchairs.

Winners of Britain's Bee Friendliest Garden 2012 (Bumblebee Conservation Trust)

Contact

Tel: +44 (0) 7703 519 564
Email: cherry@kilcoangardens.com
Web: www.kilcoangardens.com

Location

240 Middle Road,
Islandmagee BT40 3TG
United Kingdom

Key Words

Open Gardens,Flower Arranging Workshops

Memberships & Accreditations

Members of the Antrim Garden Trail

Creation Date: 
Wednesday, 8 July, 2015 - 18:26
Last Updated: 
Wednesday, 8 July, 2015 - 18:26

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Kingsbury Water Park

Description

620 acres of woodland and waterside walks, adventure playgrounds, bird hides, Children’s Farm and more. An ideal starting point for exploring North Warwickshire. Call the Countryside Information Officer on the number above for more information.

Contact

Tel: +44 (0) 1827 872 660
Email: parks@warwickshire.gov.uk
Web: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/parks

Location

Kingsbury Water Park,
Bodymoor Heath,
Sutton Coldfield B76 0DY
United Kingdom

Key Words

Kingsbury, country, park, woodland, West Midlands, adventure, playground, birds, Children, farm, Warwickshire

Memberships & Accreditations

LOTC Quality Badge for Environmental Education

Creation Date: 
Monday, 1 February, 2016 - 17:52
Last Updated: 
Monday, 1 February, 2016 - 17:52

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