Wychwood Wild Gardens

Rebecca Butler

Wychwood Wild Gardens

Wow, Wow, Wow.......

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Yesterday we went on another adventure. Wychwood Wild Garden was recommended to us by a good friend so we went to check them out as her pictures looked amazing.

The gardens are located in the pretty Cotswold village of Shipton-under-Wychwood which is on the Oxfordshire / Gloucestershire border and is close to Burford and Stow on the Wold. They are owned by a local charity and are supported and maintained by volunteers. The gardens are free to go to but there is a donations box or you can donate online via their website.

I could post hundreds of photos but they honestly wouldn’t show just how stunning this place is. There is 12.5 acres of beauty to explore - from ponds with mini waterfalls and bridges to cross to woodlands and dens to build. There’s also the added bonus of ducks and ducklings. The children spent ages racing leaves and twigs down the little waterfalls.

We stopped off for a snack break in one of the woods and sat on log circles. There were all sorts of dens that had been built which the children had so much fun in.

The gardens are dog friendly but they must be kept on a lead at all times and cleaned up after - common sense really.

One thing to point out is that there are no toilets in the gardens. Please respect the beautiful gardens and take your rubbish home with you.

The grounds are pushchair and wheelchair friendly but are bumpy in parts.

Today was our first time visiting and it definitely won’t be our last. We’re already planning on going back next week to explore more and take a picnic. We have also promised the ducks that we’ll take them some food.

Wychwood Wild Gardens definitely lived up to it’s enchanting name.

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There was no issue with parking when we arrived. There is no official car park but we parked in Dog Kennel Lane and walked down the lane a short distance and used the rear gate to access the Garden. The lane is narrow and only fits one car at a time once people are parked.

It took us about 40 minutes from Stratford upon Avon but it is absolutely worth the journey.

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