The estate is a great place for wildlife, it is only a short walk away from Tennyson Down and Headon Warren, both good spots for butterflies and bird watching. Often buzzards, Peregrine falcons and Kestrels can be seen flying over the walled gardens!
“Tennyson had a great tenderness for all animals and even for all life. He disliked to cut flowers; he never destroyed anything that grew if he could possibly avoid it. He was always encouraging more growths; he loved to plant trees, and as for the animals, he allowed no traps or guns on his estate.”
Oliver Huckle, ‘Through England with Tennyson; a pilgrimage to places associated with the great laureate’, c.1913
The walled garden planting is designed with plants that attract butterflies and pollinating insects. In the short time that the gardens have been established we have noticed an increase in the number of insects on the estate.