St Paul's Walden Bury SG4 8BP
5 miles south of Hitchin, Hertfordshire, on B651
A celebrated Grade I listed landscape garden, laid out in the early 18th century, covering about 50 acres. Childhood home of the Queen Mother, whose family still live here.
To St Pauls Walden Bury … to wander round one of England’s most romantic gardens. The oaks and ashes are joyfully green against an azure sky. Every plant is in improbable perfection; towering forest trees, magnolias in the infant innocence of pale flowers, rhododendrons of every hue, billowing white clouds of Siberian malus, ivory flowered dogwoods and wild service trees the size of oaks.
But this is a woodland garden disciplined by calm grass rides, arrow straight, turning your steps towards a statue, a pavilion, a grassy theatre overlooking a simple fountain. At one moment lilies distract you, at another the perfume of azaleas: all the spring garden pleasures are there, all the more intense for the calming effect of geometry and proportion, measured out in straight beech hedges. Hugh Johnson, Hortus journal, Tradescant’s Diary, 10 June 2013:
The garden can be hired for wedding receptions and other events. There is a licence for Civil Ceremonies in the house or in one of the temples in the garden. See links on the left. The surrounding St Paul's Walden Bury Estate, with its arable and livestock farm and its ancient woodland, is a traditional country estate set in the heart of the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside
Visits and events
The house and garden can be visited by appointment, £15.00, Garden only £7.50. Please use contact form on the left..
Forest of Frogs summer camp
Fun for children aged 6-12, August 12-15th and 19-22nd
10am-4pm ( breakfast and aftercare 9-5 available)
The Forest of Frogs summer camp brings together our experience leading outdoor learning and theatre schools. We will be combining elements of each to provide an interesting but unique summer camp experience which will include forest school activities, drama workshops, and nature art and craft. Children will enjoy the gardens of St. Paul's Walden Bury which provide an environment in which to be inspired to write plays, create props using natural materials, and engage in games and activities, allowing them to explore and develop their understanding of nature. Orienteering, camp fires, music, drama, art and craft... Opportunities abound for fun and inspiration!
For further information please see www.outdoorlearningexperiences.org To book please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Sarah Cash 07971 163880
Amaudo 10k and 2k Run
11am Sunday 21st September. To book a place email email@example.com