10th Year of opening for NGS! More than 130 different tree species spread over 6 acres in a garden founded in 1959. Significant numbers of native species and many unusual specimens incl Dawn Redwood, Damyio Oak and Wollemi Pine. Formal borders and raised bed vegetable and flower garden. You can be assured of a relaxed and friendly day out, lovely opportunity for family walks in all areas incl wildlife, stream and meadow.
Children’s activities, all day teas/cakes and dogs are very welcome. Large scale snowdrop day in Feb, double May opening and intense autumn hues in Nov. It is open and accessible with enough space and interest for everyone.
Sunday 25 February (10am - 4pm), Sunday 27 May, Monday 28 May (10am - 6pm). Home-made teas.
Sunday 4 November (10am - 4pm).
Admission £3.00, children free.
Tea, coffee, cold drinks, cakes.
Visitors also welcome by arrangement February to November, garden can accommodate large numbers. Admission £3.00, children free. Home-made teas.
Gravel path at entrance, grass paths over whole garden.
How to find us
Lawsbrook, Brodham Way, Shillingstone, Dorset, DT11 0TE
5m NW of Blandford. To Shillingstone on A357. Turn up Gunn Lane (PO box) - up lane (past Wessex Avenue on L & Everetts Lane on R) then turn R as rd bends to L. Lawsbrook 250m on R.
More about Lawsbrook
The garden at Lawsbrook was founded in 1959 by Ken and Kath Nelson and many species of tree date from the mid-1960s with regular planting taking place ever since so that currently there are between 150-200 trees on the six acre site with more than 120 different species. There are a native species group featuring oaks, beeches and limes and one which includes redwoods, pines and acers.These trees have been planted in two main areas which form a natural and striking contrast throughout.
The part of the garden laid between 1959 and 1990 contains the mature trees and a significant part laid out with a large herbaceous bed and formal lawns, with paths leading to secluded areas of contrasting planting featuring hostas, hydrangeas,ferns, triliums and a wide array of spring flowering plants including numerous hellebores.
The meadow and woodland area are planted with younger specimens including a Wollemi pine, Ginko and wingnut trees plus a collection of oaks and conifers. The meandering stream area is largely populated by alders and native British bog plants with Gunnera also having a look in; this area is spectacularly lit up by snowdrops in February and March which extend over more than two acres of the garden.
The vegetable area contains soft fruit, seasonal vegetables, herbs and a small nursery.
Lawsbrook offers a full day out, the variation and extended space for everyone to enjoy some aspect of gardening; it is a place for all the family including children's activities of secret paths and games. All areas are accessible and teas are provided both on the three opening days in spring & autumn 2018 and when appointments are made (which can be on any day between Feb & November.) Plants are available (as are logs and leaf compost -just ask! )