Our work at The Weir Garden
The garden at The Weir is managed in a natural way to create a varied habitat for wildlife in this unspoilt corner of the Wye valley. You can see many species in the garden - from the otters and fish that live in the river, to the birds that nest here. Discover how we’re caring for this special place.
Nature in the garden
The riverside garden is a wildlife haven all year round. The abundance and variety of flora and fauna encourages wildlife, big and small, to make a home here. We manage the garden in a nature-friendly way, avoiding the use of chemicals and pesticides to wildlife has a safe place to live and parts of the garden are kept as wild areas.
Birdlife in the garden
We conduct bi-annual bird watches, in winter and summer and encourage visitors to report any unusual sightings during their visit. We’ve recorded over 70 species of birds at The Weir Garden.
We always leave patches of the garden wild to ensure birds and insects have a safe place to eat and retreat. The natural habitat encourages water-loving birds, countryside dwelling birds and many smaller birds.
Many creatures have made this scenic riverside garden their home. Leaving wild spaces also provides a home for small mammals such as rabbits and mice which can quite often be seen scurrying across pathways, over tree roots and into the safety of their dug-out safe spaces.
Patches of long grass, weeds and flower heads left to seed offer a nutritious diet for these creatures and helps deter them from eating the vegetables inside the walled garden. The walled garden is also planted generously with perennials and herbs, which encourage pollinating insects.
With your ongoing support, we're able to continue our vital conservation work. Thank you for helping to protect these special places.
The Weir Garden has a rich and varied history, from Roman settlement to family garden. Discover the stories of times past and learn about the garden’s history.
Explore the garden on the banks of the River Wye and discover the unusual walled garden, restored glasshouse, rockery and rustic hut.
Read about our strategy 'For everyone, for ever' here at the National Trust, which will take the organisation through to 2025.