The old plant selling area' is now a fully functional, demonstration 'Kitchen Garden', with raised beds, compost heaps and gravel pathways between, which is available for visitors to wander around.
The land surrounding the polytunnels, was previously used as the outside growing area for the old nursery, this area is now changing. We are now in the process of removing and re-locating old shrubs and re-creating this area as a demonstration garden, with level pathways and beds planted in a 'Cottage Garden' style, with old fashioned roses and perennials, including wildflowers, which are beneficial to birds and insects. The planting is unusually 'Colour-Themed'. Single colours only, are used in planting schemes, hence the name 'The Rainbow Garden'. This new garden is of course, still 'a work in progress' but is already establishing very well.
The new garden also includes a newly constructed 'Wildlife Pond '. The pond area is planted specifically with British native plants and other food and habitat plants which are beneficial to our native wildlife. The large (artificial) pond was dug out in 2007 and is now a haven for wildlife with a wealth of dragonflies, slow-worms, newts, frogs and toads besides hedgehogs, and other mammals and birds regularly visiting.
Hedgehog shelters, bird nesting boxes and invertebrate homes are all incorporated into the new garden and re-cycled materials are being used to build new pergolas, pathways and garden sculptures too.