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Unusual trees a highlight of garden to open near Grantham in aid of National Garden Scheme

A garden with wild areas and a selection of rare trees will open in Aisby, near Grantham, later this month as part of the National Garden Scheme (NGS).

Wildwood (NG32 3NE) will open on June 27, 11am till 5pm.

The garden was created over nine years from fields and existing hard landscaping.

Wildwood (48187027)
Wildwood (48187027)

Windbreaks protect the garden which is heavy clay, wet in winter, dry in summer. There are many borders (some sloping) planted with unusual and rare trees, shrubs, climbers, perennials, bulbs and alpines.

It is a wildlife-friendly garden with a bee orchid patch and fruit and vegetable areas.

Both mature and young trees have been planted and hedges added every year. Annual containers, succulents and tender plants abound in summer.

Wildwood (48187025)
Wildwood (48187025)

The garden is planted for all year colour and interest. The roses are from David Austin and many plants are sourced from specialist nurseries.

Part of the surrounding 12 acres has been left to meadow for the pyramid orchids that have appeared. Hedgehog and bug hotels are being regularly created. Fleeces from the Jacob sheep are used as mulches and the Chinese geese and chicken manure enriches the compost heaps which are left undisturbed until the grass snakes have bred in them.

There is a wild area with small intermittent pond. The working area of the garden has a potting shed, cold frames and fox-proof enclosure.

Admission is £5, children free.

NGS gives visitors unique access to over 3,500 private gardens in England and Wales, and raises money for nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake.

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