National Garden Scheme

Please read the important information at the bottom of the page regarding pre-bookings, payment methods and more information.

October 2021 garden openings in Gloucestershire

The National Garden Scheme in Gloucestershire has a fine collection of gardens in Gloucestershire with plenty of late season colour that are opening this month to raise money for the nursing and health charities that the NGS supports.

AMPNEY BROOK HOUSE

School Lane, Ampney Crucis, Cirencester, GL7 5RT Allan Hirst: 01285 851098, allan.hirst@clmail.co.uk

Visits by arrangement Mar to Oct. Willing to discuss refreshments. Adm £5, child free.
Striking Grade II Cotswold country house on 4.3 acres fronting Ampney Brook. The gardens are a haven for wildlife with fun and stimulating spaces year-round. Includes woodland, kitchen garden, herbaceous borders, meadows, newly planted arbour. Ample areas and lawns for picnicking (encouraged). No wheelchair access to kitchen garden/greenhouse.

BROCKWORTH COURT

Court Road, Brockworth, GL3 4QU
Tim & Bridget Wiltshire: 01452 862938, timwiltshire@hotmail.co.uk

Visits by arrangement Apr to Oct for groups of 10+. This intense yet informal tapestry style garden beautifully complements the period manor house, which it surrounds. Organic, naturalistic, with informal cottage-style planting areas that seamlessly blend together. Natural fish pond, with Monet bridge leading to small island with thatched Fiji house. Kitchen garden once cultivated by monks. Views to Crickley and Coopers Hills. Adj Norman Church (open). Historic tithe barn, historic manor house visited by Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in 1535. Featured in Garden Answers, Cotswold Life & Great British Gardens. Partial wheelchair access. Also open Mon 13 Sept (2-5.30). Adm £6, child free. Home-made teas.

NEW LANE’S COTTAGE

Winchcombe, Cheltenham, GL54 5BA Norman & Zoe Carter: lanescottage@trelowen.com

Visits by arrangement Apr to Oct for groups of up to 10. Parking limited to 4 vehicles. Adm £8, child free. Tea or coffee and home-made cake inc in adm. Set in a valley, this 21⁄2 acre triangular garden was planted in 2018 after the renovation/extension of the listed cottage. Different landscaped areas; easy tenance and wildlife habitat was key. The result is a garden with interest and colour through the year with orchard, woodland, spring bulbs, wild flower areas, cloud trees, formal borders and prairie planting. The renovation project was awarded Daily Telegraph Best Extension 2019. They liked the way that the garden was considered an important part of the build. Front cover & 10 page feature in the June 2020 edition of Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine. Although not really wheelchair friendly the garden can still be enjoyed by those with limited mobility.

RADNORS

Wheatstone Lane, Lydbrook, GL17 9DP
Mrs Mary Wood: 01594 861690, mary.wood37@btinternet.com.

Visits by arrangement May to Oct for groups of up to 10. Adm £4, child free. Light refreshments. 5 acre hillside garden in AONB on bank above the River Wye. Focus on wildlife with naturalistic planting and weeds, some left for specific insects/birds. It has many paths, a wooded area, wild flower area, flower beds and borders, lawns, stumpery, fernery, vegetable beds and white garden. Of particular interest are the path along a disused railway line, and the summer dahlias. The garden has many narrow and uneven paths and steps and is not accessible to wheelchair users or those with mobility difficulties.

Important information

  • The lists are up to date at the point of distribution but NGS are advising visitors to check their website before travelling.
    Click on the Gardens opening in Gloucestershire 2021 e-brochure.
    Unfortunately some gardens have had to cancel this year, hence the advice to check the website.
  • Pre-booking is now only essential where mentioned on a garden’s page on the NGS website otherwise you can buy your ticket on arrival – in the ‘usual’ NGS way.
  • For full details and to check for the most up to date information visit the NGS website: https://ngs.org.uk
  • Web link to Gloucestershire gardens: https://ngs.org.uk/gloucestershire/ 
  • Many gardens also have a new cashless payment system. Those that offer this service will have the Wi-Fi symbol displayed, otherwise it’s payment by cash.