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Churchill College

Cambridge

42 acre site designed in 1960s for foliage and form, to provide year round interest in peaceful and relaxing surrounds with courtyards, large open spaces and specimen trees. 10m x 5m orchid house, herbaceous plantings. Beautiful grouping of Prunus Tai Haku (great white cherry) trees forming striking canopy and drifts of naturalised bulbs in grass around the site. The planting provides a setting for the impressive collection of modern sculpture.
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    Churchill College opened in the 1960's as the National and Commonwealth memorial to Sir Winston Churchill. Sir Winston Churchill planted an Oak and Mulberry tree in the grounds in 1959. The gardens were planted in the 1960's style of the time which was to use mainly foliage but over the last 20 years extensive re-planting has been carried out. The aim has been to keep to the original concept while bringing it up to date with added plantings of herbaceous plants, grasses, lavenders and roses. This has given colour all year round. There are bulbs naturalised in drifts around the grounds including about 20,000 daffodils near the Chapel which are planted under various Acers, Magnolia's and Cornus kousa's to mention a few. There are many unusual trees planted including a foxglove tree, pocket handkerchief tree, tulip tree and many more. A large Collection of Prunus Tai Haku (great white cherry) are in flower. There is dedicated border in the Master's garden for plants named after Sir Winston Churchill. There is an orchid house which contains a collection of bout 250 different orchids mainly temperate. Due to the narrow paths around the benches, wheelchair access will be very difficult. A new garden has been created in 2018 after a generous donation from a former student and of particular note there are 2 fantastic large stones one called Reading Gal and the other The Screen.

    On the open day a mini guide to the grounds & gardens is given out including a map of the site, along with a guide to the College's wonderful sculpture collection which includes a Barbara Hepworth. a map of the most significant trees is also included. The chapel is open unless there is a service where you can see the beautiful John Piper stained glass windows.

    I hope you do come and visit and that you enjoy your time here.

    Click here to read The Garden Gate is Open blog on this garden

    John

    John Moore
    Head of Grounds & Gardens.

Features and Attractions

Orchid house, Sculptures, trees, bulbs, landscape.

Churchill College- Canceled

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Owner Information

University of Cambridge
http://www.chu.cam.ac.uk/about/grounds-gardens/

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How to find us

Churchill College
Storey's Way
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB3 0DS

1m from M11 J13.
  • More detailed directions
    1m NW of Cambridge city centre. Turn into Storeys Way from Madingley Rd (A1303), or from Huntingdon Rd (A1307). Parking on site.
Accessibility information

The greenhouse is restricted in size.

More about Churchill College

Churchill College opened in the 1960's as the National and Commonwealth memorial to Sir Winston Churchill. Sir Winston Churchill planted an Oak and Mulberry tree in the grounds in 1959. The gardens were planted in the 1960's style of the time which was to use mainly foliage but over the last 20 years extensive re-planting has been carried out. The aim has been to keep to the original concept while bringing it up to date with added plantings of herbaceous plants, grasses, lavenders and roses. This has given colour all year round. There are bulbs naturalised in drifts around the grounds including about 20,000 daffodils near the Chapel which are planted under various Acers, Magnolia's and Cornus kousa's to mention a few. There are many unusual trees planted including a foxglove tree, pocket handkerchief tree, tulip tree and many more. A large Collection of Prunus Tai Haku (great white cherry) are in flower. There is dedicated border in the Master's garden for plants named after Sir Winston Churchill. There is an orchid house which contains a collection of bout 250 different orchids mainly temperate. Due to the narrow paths around the benches, wheelchair access will be very difficult. A new garden has been created in 2018 after a generous donation from a former student and of particular note there are 2 fantastic large stones one called Reading Gal and the other The Screen.

On the open day a mini guide to the grounds & gardens is given out including a map of the site, along with a guide to the College's wonderful sculpture collection which includes a Barbara Hepworth. a map of the most significant trees is also included. The chapel is open unless there is a service where you can see the beautiful John Piper stained glass windows.

I hope you do come and visit and that you enjoy your time here.

Click here to read The Garden Gate is Open blog on this garden

John

John Moore
Head of Grounds & Gardens.

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