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Gardens Open Day 22nd June

Gardens Open Day -  Sunday 22nd June 11am – 5pm

Entry by programme £3 - accompanied under 16 free. Programmes will be on sale from early June at the village shop or from St Lawrence Church on the day.

The gardeners of Bradfield are wonderful! Despite the wet winter 14+ gardens are prepared to open. There are 3, possibly 4 gardens new to our open day and these include:

Red House - Heath Road; Mooltan - Barrack Street; Ship Hill Cottage - Station Road; plus one other to be confirmed

It is two years since the last opening and many of the gardens have changed and developed in different ways. Other activities include: Light lunches 12-2 pm, Tea and cakes plus music from 2 pm. Art display, cake, plant, bric-a-brac and ice cream stalls. Also a model train layout.

1. Church    Programmes   

The proceeds from Open Gardens are going towards the repair and maintenance of the stained glass windows. Please take time to view the windows two of which are dedicated to people who died in WW1

2. Ballister House Station Road 

The garden at Ballister House was a building site three years ago so it is very much work in progress. A sculptural approach to gardening has created curved rolling banks, a natural approach to planting and, this year, the installation of ponds to encourage wildlife. All with extensive views of the river. Tea and coffee available

3. Shiphill Cottage Station Road

A fairly large pretty garden with a terrace overlooking the river. Partly shingled and laid to lawn with flower borders and a few quirky bits to see.

We will have a Bric-a-Brac stall and will be selling ice creams

Only two parking spaces available down the lane at the bottom of the garden. For disabled only please. (Will be signed)

4. Emsworth House Station Road 

From 2 pm Emsworth House has a lovely informal garden and amazing views of the River Stour. There will be tea and refreshments, children's games and a small stall. Bradfield Scouts,along with friends and my grand children will be helping and The Brtish Legion Band will provide great music. 

5. Bradfield Place Harwich Road

Walled garden only.The Hobarts have lived at Bradfield Place since the winter of 1999. The house was formally a nursing home so over the years it has been restored back to its former glory and is now very much a family home. Work in replanning the walled garden started in 2004. The garden was rather over grown so the first job was to clear the space and then start from fresh the planning. The ''White House '' was rebuilt around the same time along with the pool and the orchard planted up and the box hedging put in. It's very much our family garden and a place we all enjoy and relax in! (when not gardening!!)

6. Hallam Cottage The Street -   A pretty  garden, reflecting the character of the 17th century cottage. The garden has been designed with different foliage in colour and form in an attempt to give all year interest.  An ongoing project so a lot of replanting since last opening. 

7. Blue Bonnet Mill Lane

This medium-sized garden was carved out of a field around 2002; with professional planning it grew well for a decade.However after recent ill-health, the owners are recovering, and are ‘recovering’ the garden, bringing in new plants and points of interest.It still has the magnificent view of Suffolk at the end of the garden!

 8. Brambles Wix Road

A medium size cottage garden, with plants chosen to provide habitats and food for insects and wildlife. The garden includes an unruly boundary hedge, old apple trees, fruit bushes, some vegetables, a mix of roses, shrubs and herbaceous perennials, and trampoline as a centre piece!

9.  Red House Heath Road  

For those who knew the garden prior to 2005 when Neil and Gaynor moved into the Red House, a surprise awaits.  The rear garden has been wholly re-landscaped and planted over the last 18 months by Little Bentley firm HMC Garden Design. The entire garden has been opened up to give a spacious feel and now in its second summer, the planting is becoming established.  Young trees and lots of interesting bedding arranged around 2 lawns on 2 levels, the further of which is accessed via 3 steps or a slope.  Large patio area, brick walls and a pergola add interest.  The requirement for a large vegetable plot was incorporated and the original patch enlarged with raised beds being installed. 

Wheelchair friendly, WC available, we look forward to seeing you.

 10. Plas-y-Coed Heath Road 

Lunches from 12-2pm  After 30 years the time had come for taking stock! Over the last two years we have pruned hard, replanted and improved hard landscaping areas. Mixed borders, pond and some wild-flower areas. Uneven grass please take care.

11. Chippins Heath Road 

Yellow Book (NGS) & Artists Garden Plantaholics paradise herbaceous geraniums, hostas and alliums. Stream, wildlife pond brimming with bog plants. Explosion of colour - abundance of tubs, hanging baskets. Wide borders featuring hemerocallis and swathes of lilies. Exotics include cannas, South African Streptocarpus, aeonium and agaves – also some very unusual resident “sculptures” made of old mans beard! Recent projects include a small fernery and a completely re-vamped front garden, providing a summer holiday home for the exotics!

This garden will also be open for the NGS on Saturday May 31st Open 11- 5 and Sunday June 29th Open 11 - 5

A small collection of Kit's paintings will be available to to view in the conservatory.   

12. The Cottage Crow Hall Lane

A cottage garden with, hopefully, colourful flowerbeds and some interesting trees. There will also be a plant stall and paintings displayed in the conservatory.

13. Finials Heath Road

Garden of shrubs and perennials enhanced with pots of annuals and garden ornaments.

Cake stall,

14. Haven Ellis Road

 A small but well-loved garden packed with herbaceous beds and shrubs and splashes of summer bedding colour along with a few owls! A model railway will be running in the garage.No parking 

15. Mooltan Barrack Street

A secluded, level, easy access garden laid out around an L-shaped bungalow.  Mainly shrubs, climbers and roses, with a small pond and some interesting trees.

 16 * Little Shields Kings Street   Additional garden to programme

This pretty garden with its views over the fields has been developed over the last three years.The front garden contains a wonderful rose bed, shrubs and climbers. The rear garden is accessed via the left hand gate way and passage and contains a lawn, herbaceous borders and roses


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