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Octavia Hill, one of three founders of the National Trust in 1895, was a strong believer in the need to provide people withh access to space: places to sit, places to play in, places to stroll in, and places to spend a day in. Upton House and Gardens provides all four, and is a great motivation for our Head Gardener, Heather Aston to continue to do her work every day.

Octavia Hill

Octavia Hill

Places to stroll in – Follow our Kitty Lloyd Jones walk around the garden to enjoy the views and glimpses of delight on every corner with the different reflections in the mirror pool. My favourite view is from the East corner of the south lawn, where you can look down the valley and see Temple Pool in the distance.

Heather admiring the view over the lawn

Heather admiring the view over the lawn

Places to sit in – The seats around the garden have been placed to ensure that there is a view from every place. My favourite seat is next to the mirror pool where you can sit and watch the fish swimming about and see the reflections from the herbaceous border and Cedar Trees.

Cedar Trees reflected in the Mirror Pool

Cedar Trees reflected in the Mirror Pool

Places to play in – The mature shelter belts along the driveway with their meandering pathways and natural play logs, jumps and hurdles are a great place to burn off energy for young and old and demonstrate the natural ways that wild animals move, jump and walk.

Places to play in our woodland

Places to play in our woodland

Places to spend a day in – Our gardens provide delights around every corner throughout the year. One of my favourite things is to lose myself in the garden when I have time, and enjoy the tranquility Upton offers.

Watering the tulips on the West Terrace

Watering the tulips on the West Terrace

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