Hare Hill Gardens, Cheshire

by Veronica

After living 7 miles away for most of my life, how come I never knew this magnificent place existed ? Today's day out was to The Easter Egg Hunt at Hare Hill.

I frequently tell myself how blessed I am to live in such a lovely location as NE Cheshire and today confirmed that thought.

We had a family trip to The Easter Egg Hunt at Hare Hill Gardens, Cheshire. Come walk with me.

History

In the 18th century, William Hibbert bought Hare Hill, in Cheshire, and built a house on the estate. He wanted to impress everyone with his wealth and had the gardens designed and landscaped. The estate was purchased and further developed by the Brocklehurst family who made a walled garden and a woodland garden.

The gardens were left eventually to The National Trust and the house was sold privately. The National Trust have maintained the gardens as the previous owners would have wished.

The photos are all my own taken today and not photo-shopped or changed other than cropped.

Hare Hill Hall  across the estate
Hare Hill Hall across the estate

Rhododendrons form a beautiful focal point in the garden. The Brocklehursts planted several and the National Trust have added more varieties. Some are below.

Rhododendrons

Rhododendrons
Rhododendrons
Rhododendrons
Rhododendrons

Woodland walk

The woodland has several small ponds and there are quaint bridges over them. As it was a beautiful day today,  the reflections in the water were beautiful and I was particularly pleased to capture them,  as seen here.

woodland walk and ponds
woodland walk and ponds

Bee hotels

"Bee hotels " are a becoming popular here as it has been noticed that there is a dramatic decline in the UK bee population.

Providing bees with a place to nest and sowing bee friendly flowers helps the environment. This is a large "bee hotel" and was very interesting in its construction

Bee Hotels

Bee hotels
Bee hotels

Flowers and trees

Throughout the gardens, there are a huge number of Spring flowers and trees in bloom.

Several types of flowers

Beautiful flowers
Beautiful flowers
Trees in full bloom
Trees in full bloom

Walled garden

The walled garden is a fine place for families. It is enclosed and has a large picnic area.

It is set out with yellow and white flowers. The yellow tulips are my favourites. I love how they nod their heads at the Spring sunshine.

Inside the walled garden

My favourites - yellow tulips
My favourites - yellow tulips

Take a break

The walks take about one and a half hours at a leisurely pace but there are plenty elegant stopping places for people to stop and take in the views across Cheshire.

Seating

elegant benches around the grounds
elegant benches around the grounds
more rhododendrons
more rhododendrons

Hare Hill is a place of peace and refreshes the spirits, an oasis in a world that moves too quickly and too cruelly. Visit if you have a chance.

Skunk Cabbage
Skunk Cabbage

MY BEE HOTEL

Especially for our lovely BSG, my bee hotel. Every garden should have one!

MY bee hotel by the front door
MY bee hotel by the front door
Updated: 04/14/2017, Veronica
 
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Veronica on 04/11/2017

Good evening Derdriu. Thank you for commenting.

Upon the death of the owner the gardens were given to the National Trust, I assume to avoid dreadful UK inheritance taxes. The Hall was privately sold so Hare Hill Hall is in private ownership. I don't know who owns it now. It is valued at US$ 7,803,000.00 ( nearly US 8m ) so it isn't anyone I would know! :) We couldn't even get close to it.

The tubes were in the bee hotel already as it appears to be like the inside of a nest therefore, I bought it like that. We need bees for pollination and thereby food production. and should all be trying to attract bees to our plots. The UK is very proactive regarding global warming and environmental issues. In fact this week , a 25 year plan for protecting nature is being published.

Our local town council issues us all with recycling bins so that everything is recycled- paper, food waste, card, glass, plastic, garden waste.

The rhododendrons are out a bit early this year because the North of England has an unusually mild winter and therefore early Spring. The warden reckons the rhododendrons should be in full bloom in about 3 weeks so we are going back. Bliss.

DerdriuMarriner on 04/11/2017

Veronica, Do you know who owns Hare Hill Hall and how their gardens compare with those of the National Trust?
The white rhododendrons are spectacular, as are the bee hotels. Is it your idea to have the tubes inside what looks like a recycled birdhouse?

Veronica on 04/10/2017

This is a good link to see which types nest in Bee Hotels .
https://www.opalexplorenature.org/Bee...

Veronica on 04/10/2017

BSG - Bee hotels

If you choose to make some bee hotels, we would love to know how you get on if you have the time. I have very bad hands so I bought mine instead of making them.

Veronica on 04/10/2017

I don't know what type of bees come into my bee hotels ; I just know that they do. One is hung onto to a wooden fence and this one above is on logs. As you mention maybe they like the wood.

blackspanielgallery on 04/10/2017

I looked and found instructions for making these on the internet. Apparently bamboo in small pots with clay to hold the bamboo in place is all that is needed.

frankbeswick on 04/10/2017

Bee hotels are often tubular, as Veronica says. But some bees do not need tubes. Take this case. I was feeling blessed that my fruit trees looked abundant and were obviously well-pollinated. Then I discovered why. One day I was standing near a pile of old pallets at the back of the allotment when I found my legs surrounded by swarming bumble bees.I soon realized that they had constructed a nest in the pallet pile. I ensured that the pallet pile remained undisturbed, but sadly the bees did not nest there the next year.

Different bee species require differing habitats. Bee hotels are good for solitary bees, such as mason bees, but the hotels are not good for honey bees, and bumble bees would not fit into the tubes that the mason bees could dwell in. Mason bees are named for their habit of nesting in masonry or places where there are natural dry spaces.

Veronica on 04/10/2017

Above I have posted one of my little bee hotels.

It is tiny compared to the Hare Hill ones. Mine stands on some old logs. As you see the tubes are those hollow cane ones. They can easily be made.

I hope this helps. Every garden should have a bee hotel.

Veronica on 04/10/2017

Bee hotels are a big thing here just now. I have two tiny ones in my gardens. They are supposed to be useful for increasing the declining bee population. Lots of people are having them in their gardens.

They need to be tubular and work best when placed near bright flowers. Mine seem to be made with pieces of hollow cane. I shall post a picture of one of mine so you can see. They can be made quite easily and I have far more bees in my garden now.

A photo will be above in the next few minutes .

blackspanielgallery on 04/10/2017

Excellent photos. I am curious about bee hotels. Is there a formula for making them. Bee population reduction is a serious problem, so I am confused if there is something being done why it is not being emphasized in the media so as to encourage greater participation.


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