It’s a jungle out there in Tim’s sub-tropical Yate garden

August 30 2016

YATE’S award winning jungle garden is about to be opened to visitors as part of a nationwide charity scheme.

YATE’S award winning jungle garden is about to be opened to visitors as part of a nationwide charity scheme.

Beechwell House in Goose Green is home to sub-tropical plants that have been tended for more than two decades by Tim Wilmot.

Despite the suburban setting, the unusual garden has thrived in the British weather and been admired by many people on previous open days.

Now regular supporters of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) and new visitors have the chance to see palms, tree ferns, bamboos and bananas on Sunday, September 11, when the garden is open from 1pm-5pm.

Beechwell House’s back garden consisted of just an old orchard, patio and beech hedge when Mr Wilmot and his family moved in during 1990.

Gradually, as a lawn for the children to play on was no longer needed, exotic plant species started to arrive and the garden developed.

As well as the plants, there are also two ponds - one for Koi and the other for wildlife - and the 16th century well that helped give the house its name.

Mr Wilmot’s efforts have also resulted in the garden being featured in local and national newspapers, on TV and in a book on inspirational gardens.  

Admission for the open afternoon is £3.50, with no fee for children. Home-made teas will be available. 

Money raised through the NGS supports a number of nursing charities, including Marie Curie Cancer Care, Hospice UK and the Carers Trust.

 

 

 

Visitors admiring the Yate jungle garden created by Tim Wilmot.