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Due to ongoing structural repair work, the castle is not accessible to the public at present. However, it still provides a stunning backdrop to our beautiful gardens, along with the woodland, meadows, and lakes of the wider estate.

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Long Border

Long Border

Being over 80 metres in length, it is understandable this border is called the Long Border.

The border is dominated by three Indian bean trees (Catalpa bignonioides), with large, oval leaves and panicles of large white flowers in the summer followed by long slender bean pods. The middle Indian bean tree is the golden variety (Catalpa bignonioides “Aurea”).

Other trees and shrubs found along the Border include a variegated leafed Norwegian maple (Acer platanoides “Drummondi”), winter stem coloured Dogwoods (Cornus alba “Siberica” and C. alba “Flaviramea”), spring flowering Star magnolias (Magnolia stellata) with Deutzias (Deutzia gracilis) and Mock oranges (Philadelpus “Virginal”) which provide delicate white blooms and scent in the summer. The large sprawling shrub Juniper at the entrance to the Elizabethan Garden is believed to be a Juniperus x pfitzeriana “Wilhem Pfitzer”.

Although not as impressive in size, the small Maidenhair tree (Gingko biloba), growing by the entrance to the Rose and Sundial Border, is one of the world’s most unusual tree species which has been in existence for since the Jurassic period, about 200million years.

Herbaceous planting, including Hellebores (Helleborus orientalis and H. x hybridus), Siberian bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla) and Coral bells (Heuchera “Strawberries and Cream”), can also be found whilst taking a wander along the Long Border.

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  • Dogs welcome on leads
  • Ideal area for picnics
  • Wheelchair accessible

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