A romantic English Garden incorporating a rare 17th century octagonal dovecot, a physic garden, a yew labyrinth, woodland and ponds, herb and kitchen gardens. Garden admission: £2.50 per person.
The difference between a maze and a Labyrinth? You can’t get lost in a Labyrinth!
This is located on the East lawn and is inspired by designs from our James 1 over-mantle in the East Hall which was originally a bedhead.
On the north side of the House, several varieties alongside the greenhouses surrounded by many fruit trees.
Ranging from the ancient Wellingtonias, Blue Atlas Cedars to the many rare varieties of fruit trees.
DRIVEWAY (Monks Walk)
The Perry Pear trees which were planted as an avenue in 1702 to celebrate the coronation of Queen Anne, still survive. Most are Hellens Early variety but there is a rare Hellens Green and Waterlugg both of which we are trying to graft here to help preserve the species.
We keep bees here at Hellens and so sell our own honey in the shop. Please keep a lookout when wandering around the gardens for the signs which tell you when you are approaching the hives.
In 2007 the PMM Charity Trust bought back Hallwood which, until sold in the early 20th century, had been part of the estate since the Doomsday Book records. This is a site of great historical, archaeological, and scientific interest (SSSI). In spring the woods are full of wild flowers – daffodils, orchids, anemones and bluebells. There are also small-leafed lime and wild service trees in the wood, which invariably suggest very ancient woodland. If you are visiting Hellens you are welcome to explore (carefully!) Hallwood, which is just a ten-minute walk from the house.