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Clearbeck House

Higher Tatham via Lancaster

'A surprise round every corner' is the most common response as visitors encounter fountains, streams, ponds, sculptures, boathouses and follies: Rapunzel's tower, temple, turf maze, giant fish made of CDs, walk-through pyramid. 2 acre wildlife lake attracts many species of insects and birds. Planting incl herbaceous borders, grasses, bog plants and many roses. Vegetable and fruit garden.
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    The 4+ acre garden merges from formal planting near the house to wildlife settings beyond. The site was an old farmyard and field in a little valley. The garden is relatively new, mostly made in the last 25 years. The stream is now crossed by wood and stone bridges and supplies both a sequence of ponds and a 2-acre lake, which has islands of reed and rush for nesting. Over 70 bird species were seen here in 2014 , many nesting. Butterflies and dragonflies abound in the wild growth, which includes many wild roses and bushes. Walks meander through this, giving views of lake, mountain, folly and sculpture. Near flower beds are given architectural shape by a rhythm of clipped box and Irish Yew. There are herbaceous, rose, hosta, and grass/bamboo areas as well as a bog garden and shrub banks. Because of the exposed position of the garden, much high planting is used to shelter lower beds. A pleached lime arch leads to the Studio Garden. A new addition is a 30-foot long fish whose scales are made of CDs. Beyond the Pyramid and symbolic garden of life and death, a high-level sculpture terrace gives a view over the part-walled vegetable garden. Follies include the Maze of the Four Seasons as well as a Tuscan temple and an 18th Century-type mount, both of which also serve as gazebos. Modern sculpture includes work in wood, steel, copper, stone, ceramics, etc.. The garden is planned for a variety of walks, all of which have sequences of light and shade and contain contrasts of shape, texture and colour. To celebrate 25 yrs of opening the garden for the NGS a silver rill was developed down the alder avenue.in 2015. Each walk, and also the Praeneste, reveals a series of vistas, near and far, carrying the eye to particular features or views, such as Ingleborough and Whernside.

Features and Attractions

Painting studio open. Children- friendly incl quiz. Artists and photographers welcome by arrangement.

For other opening times and information, please phone or visit garden website.

Clearbeck House- Canceled

Refreshments:

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
  • Open by arrangement only
  • Cancelled opening
Owner Information

Peter & Bronwen Osborne
01524 261029
http://www.clearbeckgarden.org.uk

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How to find us

Clearbeck House
Mewith Lane
Higher Tatham via Lancaster
Lancashire
LA2 8PJ

13m NE of Lancaster.
Accessibility information

Wheelchair access -many grass paths, some sloped.

More about Clearbeck House

The 4+ acre garden merges from formal planting near the house to wildlife settings beyond. The site was an old farmyard and field in a little valley. The garden is relatively new, mostly made in the last 25 years. The stream is now crossed by wood and stone bridges and supplies both a sequence of ponds and a 2-acre lake, which has islands of reed and rush for nesting. Over 70 bird species were seen here in 2014 , many nesting. Butterflies and dragonflies abound in the wild growth, which includes many wild roses and bushes. Walks meander through this, giving views of lake, mountain, folly and sculpture. Near flower beds are given architectural shape by a rhythm of clipped box and Irish Yew. There are herbaceous, rose, hosta, and grass/bamboo areas as well as a bog garden and shrub banks. Because of the exposed position of the garden, much high planting is used to shelter lower beds. A pleached lime arch leads to the Studio Garden. A new addition is a 30-foot long fish whose scales are made of CDs. Beyond the Pyramid and symbolic garden of life and death, a high-level sculpture terrace gives a view over the part-walled vegetable garden. Follies include the Maze of the Four Seasons as well as a Tuscan temple and an 18th Century-type mount, both of which also serve as gazebos. Modern sculpture includes work in wood, steel, copper, stone, ceramics, etc.. The garden is planned for a variety of walks, all of which have sequences of light and shade and contain contrasts of shape, texture and colour. To celebrate 25 yrs of opening the garden for the NGS a silver rill was developed down the alder avenue.in 2015. Each walk, and also the Praeneste, reveals a series of vistas, near and far, carrying the eye to particular features or views, such as Ingleborough and Whernside.

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