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One of the prettiest places to visit at this time of year is the Forgotten Garden at Lewtrechard not far from here.
Next to the Garden is the Church of St. Peter.


One unexpected outcome of recent research by local historians into the life of Sabine Baring-Gould has been the discovery that just to the north of Lewtrenchard Manor Hotel, (which, as Lew House, was the ancestral home of Sabine) in a much neglected and densely overgrown valley in Barton wood, known locally as ‘The Glen,’ there had once been a charming and quite extraordinary Edwardian woodland garden. This is evident from the remains of ponds, walls, an imposing waterfall, walkways, slate steps, viewing areas and a grotto. Also, in what appears to be have been an adjacent domestic yard associated with Lew House, is a pigsty built by Sabine’s father, Edward, and a stone tower that may at one time have been an icehouse. Perhaps the most exciting structure known to have been in the Glen is a Holy Well the location of which has proved elusive.

Professional gardener, Robert Stemson, and amateur local historian, Ron Wawman, first met in July 2006 at the Open Garden Day of Lewtrenchard Manor Hotel. Rob and Ron soon discovered that they both had the same romantic dream – the restoration of the forgotten garden. There and then they determined to make this dream come true. And so it is that they brought together a group of enthusiastic volunteers who, in 2007, set themselves up as a charitable association, known as The Friends of the Forgotten Garden of Lew Trenchard.

http://www.forgottengarden.co.uk/

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