Beale Park Wildlife Park and Gardens

Beale Park’s the place to be with fun, adventure, animals, gardens, play and activities on the banks of the picturesque River Thames.

Beale Park was founded in 1956 by Gilbert Beale who created the Child Beale Trust, a charitable organisation, dedicated to the care and conservation of rare and endangered animals.

Beale Park is home to a diverse collection of animals. Popular favourites include: Ring-tailed lemurs, wallabies, meerkats, raccoons, prairie dogs, yellow mongoose, river hogs, monkeys, goats and numerous small mammals in our Pets’ Corner.

Beale Park is home to and cares for more than 120 species of birds. The Park has one of the UK’s largest owlerys, a walk-through aviary and bird hide, and is involved in numerous conservation projects dedicated to the protection and breeding of rare and endangered species.

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Address
Beale Park
Lower Basildon
Reading
Berkshire
RG8 9NW

Website: http://www.bealepark.co.uk
Events webpage: http://www.bealepark.co.uk/events/index
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bealepark
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BealePark

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Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

EARLY HISTORY
Established in 1765 by the first Countess of Ilchester as a kitchen garden for her nearby castle. Developed since then into a magnificent 30 acre garden filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world. Many of these plants were first introductions to this country, discovered by the plant hunting descendants of the Countess.

THE GARDEN TODAY
After the great storm of 1990, a major restoration project has been underway. Many new exotic and unusual flowers have been introduced to this fabulous Dorset Garden.

The Garden is a mixture of formal and informal flowers, world famous for it’s Camellia groves and magnolias. Noted in Dorset for its Rhododendron and Hydrangea collections and the charming Victorian Garden.

Facilities include the Colonial Restaurant, a quality gift shop and a fantastic plant centre where many of the flowers grown in the Garden can be purchased.

The Colonial Restaurant is also a superb wedding venue and is fully licensed.

Regular events take place at the Garden including the floodlighting of the Garden in October. Hallowe’en is a major feature during the floodlighting when thousands of visitors dress in Hallowe’en costumes and the Restaurant becomes a centre for Hallowe’en celebrations.

Don’t miss stunning views of the Dorset Jurassic Coast from the viewpoint at the top of the Magnolia Walk.

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Address
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens
Butler’s Way
Abbotsbury
Nr Weymouth
Dorset
DT3 4LA

Website: http://abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk/gardens
Events webpage: http://abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk/gardens/events
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TropicalDorset
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AbbotsburySubtropicalGardens

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The Lost Gardens of Heligan

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

200 acres of garden history, mystery and romance.

Twenty-five years ago, Heligan’s historic gardens were unknown and unseen; lost under a tangle of weeds. It was only the chance discovery of a door in the ruins that led to the restoration of this once great estate. Today, the Lost Gardens have been put back where they belong: in pride of place among the finest gardens in Cornwall.

In 2008 The Lost Gardens of Heligan was granted National Collection Holder status by Plant Heritage for its historic and unique National Collection: Camellias and Rhododendrons Introduced to Heligan pre-1920.

There are more than 70 veteran camellias and 350 ancient rhododendrons included in the collection, which are found throughout Heligan. The earliest plantings date from around 1850.

During the period of decline in the gardens and estate, many plants, both wild and cultivated, flourished unrestrained. The specimens of Heligan’s National Collection were given both time and the protection of surrounding overgrowth to mature into the magnificent specimens, which can be marvelled at today.

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Address
The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Pentewan
St Austell
Cornwall
PL26 6EN

Website: http://heligan.com
Events webpage: http://heligan.com/events/heligan-events
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HeliganGardens
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thelostgardens

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Cholmondeley Castle Gardens

The Finest Gardens In The North.
The romantic gothic castle – a product of the early 19th century – stands on a high rise above a lake. The castle is surrounded by sweeping lawns and a variety of mature trees, including Cedars of Lebanon, Oak, and Chestnut. The gardens surrounding the castle provide a lovely mix of colour and height, with intriguing walks around the lake. There is a Temple Water Garden, Rose Garden, a variety of mixed borders. Plantings are planned to provide colour at all times of the year.

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Address
Cholmondeley Castle
Malpas
Cheshire
SY14 8AH

Website: http://www.cholmondeleycastle.com
Events webpage: http://www.cholmondeleycastle.com/events
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CholmondeleyCas
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cholmondeleycastlegardens

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