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Lawsbrook

Shillingstone

Open for 10 years for NGS. Garden incl over130 different tree species spread over 6 acres. Native species and many unusual specimens incl Dawn Redwood, Damyio Oak and Wollemi Pine. Large borders, raised bed vegetable and flower garden. Wildlife, stream and meadow. You can be assured of a relaxed and friendly day out.
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    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 130 different species. There are a native 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. Lawsbrook was featured in Dorset Life in September 2018.

    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 and the garden is well known now for its great range of autumn hue.
    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 many aspects 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 on all the opening days and when appointment visits are made (which can be on any day between Feb & November.) In 2019 & 2020 there has to be some much needed work on the herbaceous and other areas so we won't be holding Open Days in May but all appointments are still fine. Plants are available (as are logs and leaf compost -just ask! )
    Locally and home made teas on open days, including tea, coffee, cold drinks, cakes and scones.

Features and Attractions

Children’s activities, all day teas/cakes and dogs are very welcome. Large scale snowdrop days in Feb, wonderful all summer (no May open days 2019/20 due to refurbishment but appointments welcome). Intense autumn hues in Nov. Enough space and interest for everyone.

Press and Media Coverage

Featured in Dorset Life September 2018.

Lawsbrook- Canceled

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On this day, this garden is open by arrangement, which means that you will have to contact the owner to arrange visits for groups.

Pre-booking essential, please go to our events page to book your tickets.

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  • Regular opening
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  • Cancelled opening
Owner Information

Clive Nelson
01258 860148
cne70bl@aol.com
http://www.facebook.com/Lawsbrook

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How to find us

Lawsbrook
Brodham Way
Shillingstone
Dorset
DT11 0TE

5m NW of Blandford.
  • More detailed directions
    To Shillingstone on A357. Turn up Gunn Lane - up lane (past Wessex Avenue on L & Everetts Lane on R) then turn R as rd bends to L. Lawsbrook 250m on R.
Accessibility information

Gravel path at entrance, grass paths over whole garden.

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 130 different species. There are a native 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. Lawsbrook was featured in Dorset Life in September 2018.

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 and the garden is well known now for its great range of autumn hue.
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 many aspects 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 on all the opening days and when appointment visits are made (which can be on any day between Feb & November.) In 2019 & 2020 there has to be some much needed work on the herbaceous and other areas so we won't be holding Open Days in May but all appointments are still fine. Plants are available (as are logs and leaf compost -just ask! )
Locally and home made teas on open days, including tea, coffee, cold drinks, cakes and scones.

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