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The Weir Garden, Hereford

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Gardens, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web
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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  • Came across the Weir Garden quite by accident and were so glad we stopped. The River Wye is such a beautiful river and the walk meanders along its banks through peaceful countryside, so relaxing! The ...  read more »
  • Stumbled across this one on our way to Hereford – and very pleased that we did too! The gardens are really lovely – peaceful and quiet with meandering paths through the trees and at the bottom, the ri...  read more »
  • We haven't been to Weir gardens for quite a few years but it's still as nice as we remembered it. The scenery overlooking the river is lovely. There's a nice little play area for children and also pla...  read more »
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