Garden and grounds at Fawcett Mill Fields.
In 1986 when l came to Fawcett Mill Fields there were no gardens at all, just one bush which we have kept and planted near our house. In many ways having no garden was a bonus as we could start from scratch and work with the natural environment.
The first garden to be made was the Courtyard garden, in front of the house bordering the stream. We have built many raised beds as there were many stones around the property. The project has been one of joy and each year we add to the gardens.
There are the gardens around the house and a bridge that crosses the stream. Then a woodland walk up to the 17th century packhorse bridge, once over this there is a woodland garden to the right and the “Pets grave garden” to the left, all my children’s pets from childhood. This is a very boggy area, so ideal for primulas and hostas.
This leads to the large lawn bordered by a long herbaceous bed, full of colour from May through to September. This then leads to the end of the grounds with a delightful pond garden and further attractive beds with seats to sit and relax. The lawn is not precious and we welcome guests to use it for games and other activities. The fairy ring and fire pit are in the woods and we ask guests to forage for windfall wood for a fire and not from the wood shed !!!
The garden is there to enjoy.
Fawcett Mill Fields