The garden is currently in the process of being re-designed and developed.
The Great Lodge Estate
Areas of seed rich over-wintered stubble are left to provide food for farmland birds, together with insect rich grass and wild flower strips around our fields. In addition to the two meadows in front of the house, we are creating a new wildflower meadow alongside our drive. There you will also see one of our owl boxes, with other boxes for birds and bats on the farm.
In 2013 we planted Carew’s Wood, an area of just over 3 acres, with 2,200 locally native trees and shrubs. A glade has been left and sown with a grass and wildflower mix and in order to reduce the fertility of the soil, the top soil was removed to create a mound, which affords a splendid vantage point.
Carew’s Wood, planted with 2200 locally native trees and shrubs in 2013
Oxlip (Primula Elatior)
Our existing woodland is managed and a recent development has been the fencing of Purples Spinney, a strip of ancient woodland, following a spring line. This is an important site for a rare colony of oxlip, which is only found on the Essex, Suffolk, and Cambridgeshire border. There is also a large number of Herb Paris and carpets of Golden Saxifrage. The estate has been part of an oxlip recovery project, together with Essex Wildlife Trust and Bardfield Parish Council. The spinney has been fenced to keep out the growing number of deer who eat not only the oxlip flowers but the naturally regenerating woodland plants and trees.
Those wishing to visit the Spinney should contact us. A wildlife guide and route are available.
The Great Lodge Alpaca Herd (Apricot, Louis-Hugo, Cresta and Lulu)
Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera)