The Christie Walk
This walk contains plants from all over the world, representing Ella Christie’s other travels around the globe, as she travelled to many other countries in addition to Japan, including America, India, Tibet, Malaysia, China, and Korea. Some notable plants within the Christie Walk which represent these places are Darmera Peltata (also known as Indian rhubarb) from North America, Meconopsis ‘Lingholm’ from the Himalayas, Cercidiphyllum Japonica from Japan, which notably has leaves which turn red and smell sweet like candy floss in the autumn, and Camellia Sinensis from China, the leaves of which are used to make tea.
The Lime Tree Avenue Walk
Sits to the south of the Japanese garden, and was the original entrance used by Ella Christie to come up to visit the garden from Cowden Castle (which has now sadly been demolished). Most notably, this walk was used by H.M. Queen Mary when she visited in 1937.The avenue provides a beautiful and atmospheric walk around the grounds of the garden.
The Woodland Walk used to extend down to Cowden Castle, but now exists as a scenic walk east of the garden which has been filled with activities for children and families. It features a wishing tree, where you can write down your wishes and hang them upon its branches so they will come true, a river crossing, where you can make a small boat from bark to send sailing down the river, a site to build dens from tree branches, and several other fun games and activities.
The Woodland Walk is now accessible to wheelchair users, as we have replaced the bridge which previously had some steps with a wheelchair-friendly alternative. However, some of the paths are still slightly uneven and the walk features some hilly slopes so please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff if you are unsure or want any further information.
Steward Woodland Adventure
Just off the start of the Woodland Walk, a brand new play area with a takeaway food and drink cabin has been built, for families to enjoy. The play area consists of a board walk and a huge new tree house for children to run around and have fun in, and there are lots of log benches nearby so Mum and Dad can sit down with a cup of tea!
Around the garden we are still running our very popular ‘Acorn Challenge’, where children can hunt for acorns with letters and Japanese symbols to try and decode a secret message, to win a prize. We hide the acorns in new places and change the secret message every month, so it is always exciting to revisit and do the challenge again and again.