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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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  • We visited in February to see the snowdrops and thought the garden was absolutely delightful. There are tremendous views over the River Wye and plenty of well marked paths to follow. The woodland area...  more »
  • The best time to visit is in the spring early for snowdrops and later for daffodils. Nice in good weather to take a picnic. There are toilets and a National trust shop but only limited refreshment in ...  more »
  • This was our second national trust visit since we signed up and it was so lovely there was a little trail for the kids to follow and the garden at the bottom was beautiful it looked over to a river an...  more »