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The Weir Garden, Hereford

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The Weir Garden is a National Trust property near Swainshill (see Stretton Sugwas), Herefordshire, lying alongside the River Wye 5mi west of Hereford on the A438 road.The garden covers 10 acres (4 hectares), and was the creation of its prior owner, Roger Parr, and his head gardener William Boulter. The adjoining house is used as a nursing home and is not open to the public.The south facing aspect of the garden allows for a wide variety of plantings, and this, combined with the riverside, attract a notable variety of wildlife. Notable birds include blackcaps, mute swans, kingfishers, goosanders and in summer, sand martins, whilst teal often over-winter here. There are also a great many insects, including the rare club-tailed dragonfly, banded demoiselle damselflies and white-legged damselflies, plus a range of butterflies, hoverflies and crickets.The ruins of a Roman temple possibly associated with a high-status Roman villa, which may have connections to the nearby Roman town of Magnis, lie inside the Weir Garden by the River Wye. There is an octagonal cistern filled by a spring, and a ruined buttress by the river. These are the highest standing Roman ruins in Herefordshire.
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  • Popped for an afternoon with the kids. It's a really pretty place overlooking the Wye. The kids loved the play area and also enjoyed walking round the gardens. As we are members we'll no doubt pop bac...  more »
  • Peaceful location by the river Wye, although no longer a weir there ! The circular walk is about a mile long and is not challenging. Lots of mature trees and flowers to admire. The staff in the walled...  more »
  • Visited The Weir with my wife. The visit started with a great pic nic then a fantastic walk through the woodland and riverside. Walled garden worth a visit too.  more »

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