How lovely is it when you suddenly stumble upon a secret garden?
This was the unexpected surprise we recently encountered whilst driving through the quiet hamlet of Bledlow. The garden is tucked away close by the Holy Trinity Parish Church and is reached through a black wrought iron gate marked Lyde Garden. It is open to the public, free of charge, every day until 5pm.
On entering the garden, follow the gravel path which leads you down some steps to a little wooden bridge where you can admire the natural ponds and listen to the birdsong. Then continue along the raised walkway to the natural springs which together form the Lyde Brook which later broadens into the Lyde River.
There are several benches along the way where you can stop to take in the view and admire the lush and diverse planting. We saw countless flashes of electric blue as dragonflies darted across from one side of the pool to the other. The peace and tranquillity that surround you immediately remove the stress of everyday life. Take the time to listen to the birdsong, look for the goldfish in the round pond and breathe in the scent of the flowers. We spied a woodpecker and a thrush within minutes – two British birds that are becoming increasingly scarce in our countryside.
Due to the secrecy of this garden the entrance can be challenging to find but it’s well worth the search.
The Lyde Garden can be found at Church End, Bledlow HP27 9PD but beware SatNav does not always take you to the entrance gate so look out for the Holy Trinity Parish Church. The entrance is on the righthand side of the church.
Thank you to Bourne End resident Derek Stringer, an absolute gent of a man, who took time out of his busy day maintaining the garden to chat to us. What stories this characterful gentleman has to tell … if you visit please look out for him and say hiya from us!