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Saddleworth Gardens

June 6 to June 7, 2015,
11.00am to 5.00pm, Around Saddleworth,

Tickets: Tickets: £10.00 for entry to all gardens. Visitors will also be able to pay cash at the gate for individual gardens £2.00 per garden. Children under 12 go free when accompanying a fee paying adult

The opening of private gardens to the general public has become one of the most popular events of Saddleworth Festival in recent years and once again the organisers have tried to mix the familiar with new gardens. The emphasis being on gardens that visitors can relate to in terms of size, manageability and location. This year it is hoped that at least sixteen gardens will be open with full details available in the souvenir programme. Download a map of the gardens.


SADDLEWORTH EAST – Diggle, Dobcross, Uppermill

DIGGLE

Brenda Heath
Green Bank House, Kiln Green, Diggle, OL3 5JY
Dogs allowed. Access for disabled. Refreshments. Toilet.
GARDEN: This garden is a happy place to come to and we will endeavour to have it looking at its very best for visitors.
DIRECTIONS & PARKING: The garden is near Kiln Green Church in Diggle. Park in the lane by Kiln Green Church and walk in.


Colin Berry
Carr House, Standedge Road, Diggle, OL3 5NB
No dogs (other than guide dogs). No access for disabled. No toilet. No refreshments.
GARDEN: A large mature garden with trees and shrubs plus a vegetable patch, there's a small pond, a greenhouse and a polytunnel on the veg patch. The slopes are steep in places but there are some flatter areas.
DIRECTIONS & PARKING: Carr House is near the top of Standedge Road on the lower of the two lay-bys. Park in the lay-by


Harriet and Sandy Gray
Old Mill House, Kiln Green, Diggle
Dogs allowed. No access for disabled. Toilet. No refreshments.
GARDEN: The garden railway is the main feature. Lots of stairs!
DIRECTIONS & PARKING: The garden is near Kiln Green Church, Diggle. Park on the drive of Old Mill House or around Kiln Green Church.


Neil and Deborah Mooney
Riverside Stables, Kiln Green, Diggle, OL3 5JY
Dogs allowed. Access for disabled. No toilet. No refreshments.
GARDEN: This converted barn has an informal cottage garden with herbaceous plants and shrubs on different levels divided in two by Diggle Brook. A path leads from the rear private patio past an attached paddock with vegetable plots, then on to a second patio area with views along Diggle Valley, over one of the five bridges beside an aqueduct that feeds the canal to a grassed area adjacent to Kiln Green Church.
DIRECTIONS & PARKING: Drive along Sam Road, Diggle past the school. Follow the road sharp right over the railway bridge towards the Diggle Hotel. Drop right along Kiln Green, past Kiln Green Church. We are the first house on the right. Entrance to the garden is along the path to the left-hand side of the garage. Park on the lane.


Mr & Mrs J.A. Scott
Yew Tree Cottage, Huddersfield Road, Diggle, OL3 5LP
No dogs (other than guide dogs). Limited access for disabled. Toilet. Refreshments.
GARDEN: An informal hillside garden with stream and water features, emphasis is on trees and shrubs, particularly rhododendrons and azaleas but with year round interest. The terrace has alpine and container planting and there are also rose and herbaceous beds.
DIRECTIONS & PARKING: Go past Thorns Clough and continue up Huddersfield Road for 200 yards past Carr Lane. The garden is the first opening on the left. Parking on road only. Cars may drive down but only to allow disabled or elderly to alight.


DOBCROSS

Bill & Eileen Dean
12 Wharmton Cottages, Mount Lane, Dobcross, OL3 5QY
No dogs (other than guide dogs). No access for disabled. Toilet. Refreshments.
GARDEN: Terraced hillside garden at rear of cottage with container planting. Stunning views across the valley of Dobcross.
DIRECTIONS & PARKING: Opposite Old Vicarage and behind Wharmton School (now cottages) on Mount Lane. Park on drive at end and walk up to the garden or in the garage area behind the cottages on Mount Lane.


Barbara & Duncan Arthurs
The Old Vicarage, Street House Lane, Dobcross, OL3 5QX
Dogs allowed. Access for disabled. Toilet. Refreshments.
GARDEN: This is mainly a large, rockery garden with places to sit on different levels. Plants are mainly alpine, ferns and roses. There is a summerhouse and a hot tub.
DIRECTIONS & PARKING: From the bottom of Wall Hill Road take the steep left-hand lane up Streethouse Lane. When the lane forks take the left-hand fork. The Old Vicarage stands in the middle of the fork. Parking is limited near to the garden or higher up Streethouse Lane, Wall Hill Road or the Grove – walk up to the garden.


Jo Dewhurst
3 Long Lane, Dobcross, OL3 5QH
No dogs (other than guide dogs). No access for disabled. Toilet. Refreshments.
GARDEN: An intimate garden with fruit, vegetables, perennials, shrubs and greenhouses. Camomile meadow and box balls.
DIRECTIONS & PARKING: From the Swan in the centre of Dobcross, go uphill on Sandy Lane and take the left fork which is Long Lane. The house is approx. 200 yards on the right.


UPPERMILL

Jenny & David Davies
3 St Chad's Crescent, Spring Meadow, Uppermill, OL3 6HJ
No dogs (other than guide dogs). No access for disabled. No toilet. No refreshments.
GARDEN: A small but varied garden backing on to White Brook. It has trees, shrubs and a natural pond. There is also a greenhouse and a small but very productive vegetable garden.
DIRECTIONS & PARKING: St Chad's Crescent is a small cul-de-sac, so parking is very limited. It would be best to park on Spring Meadow or by the swimming baths and walk in.


SADDLEWORTH WEST – Greenfield, Lydgate and Scouthead

GREENFIELD

Messrs Barrett & Read
Dacres Hall, Manchester Road, Greenfield, OL3 7HS
Dogs allowed. Limited access for disabled. Toilet. Refreshments.
GARDEN: 2.5 acres of mature natural woodland with views over Saddleworth valleys. Arboreal walkways, vegetable gardens, terraced lawns, flower beds, spring-fed pond and all with two centuries of heritage.
DIRECTIONS & PARKING: From the Royal George (junction of Well-i-Hole and A635, 200m along Manchester Road turn right up 'Steepways' drive, gardens are 200m at the top. Park on Manchester Road. Disabled parking at the house.


Roger Tanner
Furlane, Kinders Lane, Greenfield, OL3 7PB
Dogs allowed. Access for disabled. Toilet. Refreshments.
GARDEN: An informal garden on two levels with another one across the road containing large pond and shrubbery.
DIRECTIONS & PARKING: From Chew Valley Road turn left up Kinders Lane opposite King William IV pub. Follow road for .3 mile. Furlane is on the left just before the junction.


Sheila Cronley
85 Beech Avenue, Greenfield, OL3 7AW
Dogs allowed. Access for disabled. Toilet. No refreshments.
GARDEN: Three small gardens to the rear of the property: one raised garden with lots of colours and bushes; one green and tranquil and a third patio garden with containers and a wall of baskets.
DIRECTIONS & PARKING: Parking is limited on Beech Avenue. Parking is available on Carr Lane (continuation of Bridge Street, off Oldham Road, Uppermill). Best to park on Carr Lane and walk 100 yards down Beech Avenue.


LYDGATE

Susan Hopwood
Earnshaw Head Cottage, off Plattings Road, Lydgate, OL4 4JP
Dogs allowed. Access for disabled. Toilet. Refreshments.
GARDEN: A large, informal cottage garden with a wood and orchard.
DIRECTIONS & PARKING: Off Platting Road (Wood Brook Lane) past the farm. We are attached to the barn.


SCOUTHEAD

Andrew & Ann Thorne
Maudon Cottage, 2/4 Mason Row, Thurston Clough Road, Scouthead, OL4 3RX
Dogs allowed. No access for disabled. Toilet. Refreshments.
GARDEN: A large hillside garden at High Moor, mainly to the rear of the property. The lower part is terraced with shrubs and trees. Higher up there is a vegetable garden, extensive lawns with flower beds, trees and shrubs. Fine view looking south over Saddleworth.
DIRECTIONS & PARKING: Turn right off Doctor Lane at 'The Old Original' into Thurston Clough Road. Maudon Cottage is 75 yards furthr on on the left. Parking on road and (if not wet) in field opposite.


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