At the beginning of one of the lovely village lanes where I live is this small wooden seat tucked away under a tree - I have never see anyone sitting here, but one day I am going to sit a while, just so I can say I did!!
A delightful Manor House garden which is designed and tended to by the owner, Kathy Brown. To be found hidden along a quiet lane in a small Bedfordshire village called Stevington.
Kathy Brown spends many hours planning and tending the large and beautiful garden that surrounds her home. She is obviously a true expert in this field as she has had several gardening books published. There are a few plant stalls where you can purchase a large variety of both familiar and lesser known plants.
Several times a year, for a reasonable charge, the garden is open to the public and having had the pleasure of enjoying 2 different themed afternoons, I can thoroughly recommend a visit. Each occasion is based on the fauna that is at it's best at the time, such as the 'roses', the 'bulbs' and the 'clematis' showings. If you are as fortunate as I was, you may get to meet Kathy Brown as she mingles amongst her admiring guests.
Ample adjacent parking and refreshments are always available (Pimm's served inside a marquis on the lawn went down well last summer ;-) Another time the most delicious home baked cakes and tea were also lovely!
Take a look at the website for more detail and lovely pictures of views in and around the garden.
At the beginning of one of the lovely village lanes where I live is this small seating area tucked away under a tree - I never see anyone sitting there, but one day I am going to sit on the bench for a while, just so I can say I did!!
Dunstable Downs is managed by the National Trust. It is set within the Chilterns area and is a place of outstanding natural beauty. There is a visitor centre and a lovely circular walk you can take through woodland. The walk is about 6 and 1/2 miles long.
High above the downs you can see the beautiful landscape and in the fields below the car park there is a gliding club. The day we visited was ideal weather and we saw many gliders taking off and landing.
A great place to take the family for a picnic.
Bedford Park situated on the outskirts of the town centre. It is just one of many beautiful parks and open spaces in the borough of Bedford, but undoubtedly one of the finest parks to be found anywhere.
Here amongst the mature and beautiful trees you will find a delightful ornamental lake which is often used as a backdrop for wedding pictures, two children’s play areas, several hard tennis courts which unusually are free of charge, several very large grassed areas for football, cricket and other such sports, and a typical English park café. There are also several old and pretty buildings housed within the park, all once used by various park-keepers over the years.
Near the main entrance is a “Welcome to Bedford Park” sign. Along with a large map of the park is the the following useful and interesting information:
“The park was designed by the famous landscape gardeners William Barron & Sons of Derby in 1883. The park is registered by English Heritage as Grade II within the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of England.
The design features broad circular carriage drives around the perimeter with serpentine footpaths providing views to features such as the bandstand and lake. The elliptical shaped grassed areas were designed to provide space for ball games such as cricket with other areas for bowling, archery and quoits. The structure of the park has remained virtually unchanged since the park was officially opened on a wet and windy day in July 1888.
William Barron was a keen nurseryman who specialised in growing evergreen trees as well as the moving of mature trees using his patented tree moving machine. The construction of the park took 5 years and included the planting of more than 18,000 trees and shrubs.
Today the park is managed by Bedford Borough Council which is committed to ensuring this historic park is protected. Ongoing maintenance works seek to ensure the park is an attractive environment for residents and visitors to the Borough.
We hope you enjoy visiting our park.”
Biddenham is where I have lived for over 7 years. It is a typical old English village made up of the original old village, and 2 very large newer areas called Deep Spinney and Great Denham. It is situated in a loop of the river Ouse, 2 miles west of the county town of Bedford.
Biddenham is very small, being only about 1 mile square.
Before the developments of Deep Spinney and Great Denham were built, the population of Biddenham in 1991 was only 1260. This increased rapidly when the Deep Spinney development was started, rising to 2780 by the year 2001. It is estimated by 2006, with the completion of Great Denham and another development that is planned, that the population will rise even further to 4840.
Biddenham is a residential area with just 3 commercial premises. A private hospital (Manor Hospital), a beauty salon (The Only You Salon) and the Three Tuns Pub. Being the only 'watering hole' for a radius of two miles, the pub can get very busy! Fortunately it has a lovely garden and serves wonderful pub meals!
For its residents, Biddenham offers many clubs such as a Gardeners Association, Womens Institute and schools covering all age groups.
There are some very grand old family homes in Biddenham - and also many smaller quaint old cottages. The cottages in the picture are 'Grade 2 listed' meaning that any alterations to the outside have to be approved in order to protect the historical interest.
Small but typically English - our village green is situated in the heart of the old village. The village sign stands proudly in the centre of it.
A huge and beautiful cedar tree in a front garden overhangs the road nearby. Very picturesque.
The sundial was placed acroos the road from the green to commemorate the Millenium.