Where to find wildflowers in the North East
Along with formal parterres and striking landscapes there are gardens in the North East that are wildlife havens. Swathes of long grasses, wildflower meadows and other native plants all encourage insects to make a home and work in the area. This helps to strengthen their population, improve pollination and crops in the gardens and create the perfect habitat to attract rarer species.
Alongside the shining beacon of Souter Lighthouse is a 2 mile path of grassland above the magnesium limestone grassland cliffs. New for 2014 is the opening of a wildlife garden, designed and constructed by the local charity The Coastal Conservation Charity. the garden includes ponds, trees, berry bearing shrubs, bog garden, hibernation areas and wildflowers.
Taking the holly walk and by the ancient copper beech there's a pocket of nature waiting to be stumbled on. Next door to the formal croquet lawn is a pocket of the garden less formally maintained to let nature take hold. In the wildlife haven bugs live, insects fly and buzz and other creatures make the most of this natural habitat.
In the gardens at Washington Old Hall is the Nuttery, a mature nut orchard that is also a breathtaking wildlife haven. It features many habitats including a wildflower meadow, hedgerow, a pond, bird feeding station, compost/deadwood area and bee hives. It's a tranquil spot oozing with nature.