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The Weir Garden, Hereford

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Wildlife Area
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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  • A nice quiet place to go for a walk. Not for disabled visitors or those with mobility challenges. A lovely garden below the New Weir and a walled garden to explore. No tea room but there are toilets -...  more »
  • This is an attraction worth a visit. However if you have limited mobility, buggies/strollers & young children this will be a challenge but not insurmountable. We were warned about the tree roots but n...  more »
  • A wonderful garden to visit early spring when the snowdrops are flowering and later on with the daffodils when the abundance of trees are in bud. This is the most perfect setting by the river. A lovel...  more »