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October 1, 2006
Across the well-manicured parterre the detached steeple of Westbury's 14th Century parish church towers above as we enjoy the garden views, the sound of the gently flowing Westbury Brook and the overall tranquillity of this National Trust property.
A gentle walk around the whole garden would only take about 10 minutes, but we spent a couple of hours here without any difficulty. Next to the walled garden is the recreated rabbit warren with a detailed, but somewhat weather worn, information sheet. It seems that these imported animals (although they are now so common place that it's hard not to think of them as indigenous) were cared for by a warrener and were a great source of food for the gentry. Of course the by-product (their fur) was not wasted either and because they were prone to predators they were carefully protected within the warren (this recreation is only a seventh of the original) by walls and a moat.
The walled garden (dating from 1725) was introduced by Maynard Colchester’s nephew and is believed to be an exact replication with only plants (over 100 species in total) detailed in Maynard’s stock audit. It wasn’t spectacular when we visited with many plants having gone a "bit leggy".
A gentle walk along the northern wall - now separating this tranquil garden from the main road - and we have a perfect view of "Neptune astride a dolphin" (one of only a few statues in the garden). Water fowl frolic at the water's edge and tease us with their heavily signalled intention to dive into the canal - they either had second thoughts or slid ungraciously into the water.
We meander down the side of the long canal with its border of yew hedges, taking a detour through the vegetable garden to the enclosure at the base of the "T" where 5 large trees have been nurtured over the years. Taking pride of place is the "Holm Oak, which is one of the oldest green Oaks in England having been planted around the year 1600. Alongside this is the similarly aged and equally magnificent Tulip Tree.
What a great place to chill out and take in a bit of history!
From journal Westbury and Beyond