Inspiration at The Weir Garden

Snowdrops in early spring

Spring starts early at The Weir Garden with the snowdrops peeping through at the beginning of January. Shake off the winter blues by walking through the drifts of snowdrops, primroses and aconites through our woodland garden on the banks of the River Wye.

Situated on a major bend in the river just outside Hereford the site has been in use since Roman times but what you see today is the woodland garden and productive walled garden of the Parr estate dating from the 1920’s.

The 10 acre woodland garden is at its best in spring where our paths wind their way through a carpet of spring flowers starting with the delicate green and white of the snowdrops through to the bold yellows of our daffodils later on. The path can be steep in places but you are rewarded at the top with views in both directions across the valley. The views from the top of the cliff are at their best this time of year before the trees burst into leaf.

The curve in the river gives great views both ways
The walkway along the river Wye

There are more daffodils in the flower boarders of the walled garden but the prime springtime activity here is market gardening. Our team of volunteer gardeners prepare the soil then plant a wide variety of vegetables in our 1920’s greenhouses and outside. Come and help or see what you can spot.

Being on the banks of the river, The Weir Garden also attracts a wide variety of wildlife and  spring marks the start of the nesting season. The glasshouse and garden’s walls provide homes for Redstarts, Robins, Blue tits and Wrens. Newts return to the rockery pool in spring to mate.

The play area is open all year around
Children enjoying the natural play area

After your walk take advantage of the tea-tent, enjoy a hot drink, soup and even some locally produced cake. Not forgetting to pop by the Natural Play area either which sits in a beautiful spot right alongside the river.  We are open at weekends from the 20th January and 7 days a week from 27th January to catch the snowdrops in full bloom.