Summer brings a feast for the senses

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A feast for the senses can be found at a Northumberland estate as its 70 acres of gardens burst into bloom.

As the weather begins to warm up for the summer, the grounds of Wallington are putting on a spectacular show for visitors.

The gardens at Wallington Hall.'Picture by Jane Coltman

The gardens at Wallington Hall.'Picture by Jane Coltman

A team of six gardeners and some 15 to 20 weekly volunteers keep the Cambo estate in peak condition.

And while there is always plenty to see throughout the year, it is at this time that the gardens are at their most colourful.

Much of the land takes the form of woodland gardens, but there is also a hidden gem waiting to be explored in the form of a walled garden, dating back to 1760.

The irregular-contoured garden, which sits at the edge of the woods through Neptune’s Gate, covers about four acres and is filled with colourful borders, decorative shrubs and specimen plants.

There is always something new to do and to see Simon Thompson, Assistant Head Gardener

Simon Thompson, Assistant Head Gardener

Green-fingered visitors may spot camissia, allium and lilac, or perhaps delphiniums, astrantias, honeysuckle, lupins, roses, rhododendrons and euphorbia.

Later in the summer there will be an array of different blooms to see, such as dahlias and campanula.

There is also an Edwardian conservatory, which was originally a winter garden, but is now home to numerous varieties of plants all year round, as well as a resident robin.

And in a quiet corner at the bottom of the garden there is an open lawn, ideal for family picnics, with a peaceful pond attracting wildlife such as kingfishers and otters.

Wallington Assistant Head Gardener Simon Thompson said: “I have been at Wallington for 16 years and it really is a wonderful site. It is never a garden you get tired of. It is a garden that is continually changing and there is always something new to do and to see.”

You can take a video tour of the Wallington gardens with Mr Thompson on the Morpeth Herald website at www.morpethherald.co.uk