The park is enhanced by the presence of a number of carefully selected features:
The Chinese pagoda built in Bali, is a favourite feature for many visitors, with it’s distinctive red legs and oriental features. A specialist team travelled from Bali to the park to assist with the onsite assembly. It is complimented by its lakeside location overlooking the beautiful floating Magnolia sculpture, created by Rebecca Newnham.
The Summerhouse is an early 20th century thatched wooden summerhouse, complete with benches and a mirror inside. A plaque references Henry & Julius Caesar rustic house builders, Knutsford, Cheshire as the manufacturers.
It is topped by a French, early 20th century, painted copper cockerel weather vane (acquired from the same auction house). A perfect size for children to enjoy.
The Himalayan Shelter reflects the Kath Kuni architecture of Himachal Pradesh in North West India, in the Himalayas. It has been constructed in cedar wood, which is predominant in this region, at an elevation of 4000m.
The walls were erected without any cementing mortar, using alternate courses of dry masonry and wood. The local artisans of this region are famous for their woodcarving. The original examples included on the balcony, are 80 to 100 years old.
Contemplation Circle – This piece was specially commissioned by Peter Roberts from Irish artist Liam O’Neill in 2018. Entitled Contemplation Circle, they are the tallest examples of such chairs yet created. Liam wished to reflect the idea of the height of the Himalayas, and to fit the piece into the landscape of tall trees which surrounds it. The chairs are designed to be a place apart, where visitors can relax, and reflect on the beautiful landscape which surrounds them. Each chair is made from the heartwood of Sequoiadendron Giganteum, or Giant Redwood, which is native to California, but has been planted extensively in parks and on estates throughout the British Isles since it’s introduction around 1850. The tree has since grown to become the tallest in our ecosystem.
The wood used in this sculpture was sourced in County Wicklow, which is situated south of Dublin. Because of its rich mix of landscapes, the county is known as The Garden of Ireland
Decorative Bridges – There are a number of bridges located throughout the garden, combining a practical use with a decorative purpose. Look out for the eye catching Chinese style red bridges and the beautiful dry stone wall bridge.
Norse Shelter – New for 2019 – Inspired by the address: The Hutts, Hutts Lane, which derives from the Norse for “Head of the Valley” and refers to a Viking occupation in the area.Book Tickets Back