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Goddards Green

Cranbrook

Gardens of about 5 acres, surrounding beautiful 500+yr old clothier’s hall (not open), laid out in 1920s and redesigned since 1992 to combine traditional and modern planting schemes. Fountain and rill, water garden, fern garden, mixed borders of bulbs, perennials, shrubs, trees and exotics; birch grove, grass border, pond, kitchen garden, meadows, arboretum and mature orchard.
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    Goddards Green is listed grade II* and belonged to one of the principal clothier families of Cranbrook, the Courthopes, for more than 400 years, before it was sold in the 1920s to the novelist and playwright, Temple Thurston. It is likely that the the earliest surviving features of the garden, notably the Water Garden, date from his ownership. Later the property was owned for many years by the Pearson family who planted many scented roses which remain in the garden. The present design of the garden has evolved since John and Linde Wotton bought Goddards Green in 1992. Garden designers Edward and Nicki Flint created in the 1990s the Fountain Garden (linked by a rill to the Water Garden), Swimming Pool Garden, Fern Garden and several new borders. With our wonderful head gardener, Jacqui Harris-Jones, we continued to improve the design and extend the planting of the garden. The gardens surround the house and extend to about 5 acres, including an arboretum and a mature apple, plum, cherry and nut orchard. Although it is very close to Cranbrook, the setting of the garden is utterly rural, looking over fields to woods in the distance. The planting is an extremely varied mix of bulbs, perennials, shrubs, trees, hedges, ferns, grasses and exotics. We try to make it interesting every day of the year. The various parts of the garden are in contrasting styles, among them: rural informality around the pond; a traditional long border, shading into a meadow and birch grove; formality of structure in the Water Garden and Fountain Garden; and a distinctively modern design, featuring grasses and willows, around the swimming pool and vegetable garden. We feel that the garden as a whole suits the ancient, timber-framed house which sits in its midst. The house is not open, but is lovely to look at!

Press and Media Coverage

Kent Life Garden Awards: runner-up, Amateur Garden of the Year.

Goddards Green- Canceled

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Owner Information

John & Linde Wotton
01580 715507
jpwotton@gmail.com
http://www.goddardsgreen.btck.co.uk

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Goddards Green
Angley Road
Cranbrook
Kent
TN17 3LR

½m SW of Cranbrook.
Accessibility information

Some slopes and steps, but most areas are wheelchair accessible. Disabled parking is reserved near the house.

More about Goddards Green

Goddards Green is listed grade II* and belonged to one of the principal clothier families of Cranbrook, the Courthopes, for more than 400 years, before it was sold in the 1920s to the novelist and playwright, Temple Thurston. It is likely that the the earliest surviving features of the garden, notably the Water Garden, date from his ownership. Later the property was owned for many years by the Pearson family who planted many scented roses which remain in the garden. The present design of the garden has evolved since John and Linde Wotton bought Goddards Green in 1992. Garden designers Edward and Nicki Flint created in the 1990s the Fountain Garden (linked by a rill to the Water Garden), Swimming Pool Garden, Fern Garden and several new borders. With our wonderful head gardener, Jacqui Harris-Jones, we continued to improve the design and extend the planting of the garden. The gardens surround the house and extend to about 5 acres, including an arboretum and a mature apple, plum, cherry and nut orchard. Although it is very close to Cranbrook, the setting of the garden is utterly rural, looking over fields to woods in the distance. The planting is an extremely varied mix of bulbs, perennials, shrubs, trees, hedges, ferns, grasses and exotics. We try to make it interesting every day of the year. The various parts of the garden are in contrasting styles, among them: rural informality around the pond; a traditional long border, shading into a meadow and birch grove; formality of structure in the Water Garden and Fountain Garden; and a distinctively modern design, featuring grasses and willows, around the swimming pool and vegetable garden. We feel that the garden as a whole suits the ancient, timber-framed house which sits in its midst. The house is not open, but is lovely to look at!

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