At Eaton Manor the individual property gardens, together with the estate’s flowerbeds and wild flower meadows, are carefully maintained throughout the year to provide an array of colour and to create an interesting and diverse home for our beautiful wildlife.
We undertake planned management of areas on the estate on a regular basis and over last winter concentrated on the banks of Eaton brook. With the aim to reintroduce life into the brook and surrounding area, we used coppice management techniques to create more light and allow wild flowers to grow on the banks. Hopefully new life will come through without the need to re-seed but after 12 months we will review this and will sow more wild flowers if necessary. This should also dramatically improve the health of the brook as more light can penetrate through to the river bed. In turn this work has also resulted in opening up the views from our playing field which gives great pleasure on a lazy afternoon playing cricket.
The other significant development over the past few months within the gardens is that of our village green. This area is right at the heart of Eaton Manor and is in the form of a croquet lawn edged with box hedging and a new large gravel area for seating and possible barbeques, which will allow large family groups to gather together. In time the flower bed behind the gravel area will be planted up to be a herb garden for guests’ communal use and therefore providing even more enjoyment for barbeques.
In general, due to the wet start to the year, the growth of all plants has been pretty unusual with daffodils, tulips and alliums all flowering at the same time in one border, but now the sun has been shining and as the summer unfolds the gardens are an impressive sight (if we may say so ourselves).
Take a look at our Garden Life gallery to see the gardens in bloom.