The walled garden at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire. 
Clumber Park


We all know the benefits of getting out and about into the great outdoors, particularly over the past year. Nottinghamshire's beautiful gardens range from rolling country parks full of history to top quality garden centres, and all are worth a visit. Please check their websites and social media before you visit, and ensure you maintain social distancing and follow current lockdown rules. As of Monday 8 March, we're allowed to enjoy outdoor recreation (e.g. sit down for a picnic) with our household, or with one person from another household, so why not check out some of Nottinghamshire's beautiful parks and green spaces?

If you're based in the city, we love the Arboretum, just a stone’s throw from the city centre. Reportedly the inspiration for J.M Barrie’s Neverland, it’s a green oasis and a beautiful spot to relax in the sunshine.

There’s also Holme Pierrepont Country Park and Holme Pierrepont Hall with its manicured gardens sat amongst the Grade I listed Tudor Manor House. Holme Pierrepont is renowned for its glorious floral displays each season, with snowdrops in February, the rare wild 'Tulipa Sylestris' in April, and roses, clematis and flowering shrubs in the summer. Please note that you must book tickets in advance on the Holme Pierrepont website.

Likewise, both Rushcliffe Country Park and Bestwood Country Park are lesser-known gems full of blooms in spring and summer, great places to walk the dog or meet up with a friend. 



Elsewhere you can try Clumber Park’s walled gardens, famous for its National Rhubarb Collection (advance booking required via the Clumber Park website) or how about Naturescape Wildflower Farm, which is the largest producer of British wildflower seeds and has over 45 acres open to the public.

Newstead Abbey is set in a glorious landscape of gardens and parkland where paths meander past lakes, ponds and waterfalls. The formal gardens are the perfect place to relax and offer something in all seasons, especially the Japanese Gardens which offer beautiful blossoms in spring and a kaleidoscope of colour in autumn.

Be sure to visit the stunning gardens at Belvoir Castle, a mix of classical formal gardens boasting beautiful views over the Vale of Belvoir. A circuitous three-mile walk along the Dukes Walk takes in all gardens and views and leads you back to the castle.

And if all of these beautiful flowers have inspired you to improve your own garden, then we’d recommend both Notcutts Garden Centre and also Reg Taylor’s Garden Centre near Southwell, which also has a nine-acre swan sanctuary no less. Don't forget to bring your face mask (unless exempt).

We’ll leave you with this quote from Luther Burbank:

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful: they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.”

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