Gardens open once more

Just Regional
May 15, 2020 2 mins read

A Broads nature haven has reopened its gardens and car park to provide a beautiful and peaceful place for exercise as the coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased.

And How Hill, near Ludham, is using the initiative to collect donations to help its funds after its core work as a residential study centre for schools dried up for the summer.

Director Simon Partridge said people were already starting to park in the narrow local lanes as they sought new locations for their daily walks – so it made sense to reopen the centre’s car park to ease congestion and help the public explore the gardens.

How Hill has formal gardens close to the house which have been tended throughout the crisis by gardener Chris Tubby, while the teaching and catering staff are furloughed with no school visits until the autumn at the earliest.

It also has its Secret Gardens – a set of board-walked water gardens brimming with exotic plants from around the world as well as azaleas and rhododendrons which are now coming into full bloom.

Scenes from How Hill’s formal and “Secret” gardens, and director Simon Partridge. Pictures: Richard Batson/ How Hill Trust

How Hill has been a study centre since 1968, having been built as a holiday home for the Boardman family in 1904. It hosts around 3,000 children on residential and day trips each year, and teaches them about nature through fun lessons. 

Mr Partridge added: “We are sad that How Hill’s educational work, teaching youngsters about nature and the environment, is on hold because of Covid-19, but we are glad people can visit us safely on their daily exercise.

“People are obviously keen to visit us, judging by the unofficial parking, so we have opened our car park for safety reasons. We hope people enjoy walking the gardens – and if they care to drop a donation into our collection boxes to help our funds at this difficult time it will be much appreciated.”

For more information about How Hill, its work, walks and gardens, click here.

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