Chestnut Way was named after two huge Chestnut trees, until recently the remains of one still existed in a neighbouring garden.

The house was built in 1962 on the site of an old farmyard. At this time the garden was smaller than at present, finishing just beyond the weeping willow tree. Some of the original features still remain, the most significant being the mature weeping willow, the large fruitful bramley apple tree and two original compost bays.

In 1984 the neighbouring farmer decided to sell part of the field behind Chestnut Way. When purchasing the extra land the owner of number 6 decided that the extension to his garden would entail too much work and so the extra land was split between number 10 and number 8 - hence the distictive and thin L-shape of the main garden.

The Little family (us) moved into the property in July 1988 and the master plan began!

In the Summer of 2005, after much agonising over the cost/benefits and particularly the increased workload, we bought an additional half acre which we now call "The Field".

5 years later and most of the trees we planted back in 2005/6 are already over head height, and going strong.

Date Potted History
1988 moved in
1989 ornamental pond
1990 patio and wildlife pond
1993 stone circle and pergola
1993 first open day for the village
1994 built additional compost bays
1995 conservatory
1996 fire burnt down hedges
1999 first NGS opening
2000 front lawn
2001 small woodland
2002 large branch blown down from willow
2004 new greenhouse
2005 planted trees and hedges and sowed grass in field
2006 sowed meadow and weeded and weeded and weeded and ...
2007 created heart and rhododendron beds
2008 created willow bed and birch strip
2009 meadow became a "prairie", last of hated hawthorn hedge removed. 11tons of compost
2010 retiring. Huge willow tree cut down
2011 2 more composts built. Thyme bed revamp. Solar panels installed
2012 Horseshoe bed revamp completed (was "dry shade" now "Sunny")
2013 hoping for good article this summer in "Garden News" mag. but most of all for good weather!
2020 there will be something, not sure what!


Go to the Front Garden

NGS open days in 2021:

Sunday February 21st (11.00am-3.00pm) - Hot Soup may be available (hopefully!)
Monday May 31st (12.00pm-5.00pm)

Sunday July 11th (12.00pm-5.00pm)

Thursday September 9th (12.00pm-5.00pm) - A midweek opening

Delicious home-made cakes with tea or coffee available.

Entrance £4 children free, all takings (entry, teas and plants) to the NGS.

We are also open for the NGS by arrangement, (for groups of 10 or more - adm £7 incl home-made teas and guided tour)

Thank you for your visit

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