Discover the secret gardens

PUBLISHED: 18:08 21 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:01 20 February 2013

'You can walk down many an alley or open a gate and lo and behold there is a beautiful garden hidden away'

'You can walk down many an alley or open a gate and lo and behold there is a beautiful garden hidden away'

What lies behind the high walls and gates of Ludlow? Find out on June 14

What lies behind the high walls and gates of Ludlow? Find out on June 14.


Beyond the high houses and high walls of lovely Ludlow lies many a secret. But all will be revealed this month when the gates to some of the town's prettiest hidden gardens are opened to the public for one day to raise money for the Assembly Rooms arts and community centre.

The Secret Gardens trail on Sunday, June 14, from 1pm to 5.30pm will see around a dozen private gardens welcome visitors. Last year 1,500 guests dropped in for the event.

Tea and home made cakes will be on sale in Brand House together with the book The Secret Gardens showing previous open gardens through the wonderful photography of Sabina Ruber. Mynd Hardy Plants will be selling first class plants at Mill House and for the first time the town's allotments will be part of the route.

June Knight, a member of the Assembly Rooms fund raising committee and the organiser of the 19th Secret Gardens day, says: This is a chance to see the gardens behind the houses and walls of Ludlow. You can walk down many an alley or open a gate and lo and behold there is a beautiful garden hidden away."

The gardens are all contained within the town walls enabling visitors to park cars and follow the route.

The pictures shown here were taken in the garden of Sheilagh and Dennis Bateman at 25, Mill Street, which is included in this year's trail.

In six years the Batemans have transformed their garden from a mass of brambles and lost buildings.

Mrs Bateman says: "When we bought the cottage the brambles grew from wall to wall. My husband used a little digger and a chain saw to clear it and found sheds and a building which formed part of the wall which we didn't even know we had."
Now the couple's English cottage garden at their home which dates back more than three centuries has three ponds, lawns, a vegetable patch and a path constructed from the bricks of that once lost garden building.

This year's open gardens are: 39 Broad Street, 25 Mill Street, 23a Mill Street, Mill House, 16 Lower Raven Lane, 18 Lower Raven Lane, Brand House, Brand Lane, 50 Old Street, 10 Friars Garden and the allotments in Lower Mill Street.

Some gardens have wheelchair access.

Secret Gardens trail tickets cost £5.50 and are available from the Box Office, Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Mill Street, Ludlow, tel: 01584 878141, in advance or on the day.

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