Welcome to Natural Surroundings

July Update: We are OPEN

We are now fully open, with the nursery, gardens, shop and café all operational from Tuesday to Sunday, 12 noon to 5pm (we are closed on Mondays).

We have been working hard all through ‘lockdown’ in the gardens and nursery to make them more interesting, more inspiring and more beautiful, and we are looking forward to sharing the results of our labours with you.

We will be following government and trade guidelines regarding social distancing in order to keep both customers and staff safe. We ask visitors to use common sense and good manners, and observe the signs reagarding 'one-way' and 'no entry'. In addition,

* Please only handle plants and other goods that you intend to buy.
* Please pay contactless if possible.
* Children must stay with their parents / carers at all times
* The Chalet and Pond Dipping area are currently closed.

The cafe is now OPEN

Before opening our café, we have completed a careful risk assessment with the aim of keeping both our staff and customers safe, so you can relax and enjoy your visit to our beautiful corner of Norfolk. We have reduced the number of tables in the café, both inside and out, to make sure that social distancing is easy. The café has a new menu for 2020, with a selection and of sandwiches, the famous Bray’s Cottage sausage rolls, a variety of home-made cakes and … of course … cheese-on toast! Also new for 2020 we are offering picnic packs which you can take away or enjoy in the seclusion of our gardens and reserve (normal entrance charges apply).

We will continue to offer free home delivery for plants, bird food and other items from our shop, such as bird feeders and seed, in our local area, and you can also place an order and collect from our gate. MORE DETAILS.

We wish our many friends and supporters good health and thank you for your comtinued support.

We are a small business based in North Norfolk, close to the town of Holt and just a stone’s throw from Blakeney and Cley-next-the-Sea. We offer a very special combination of wildlife-friendly gardens and grounds, as well as a cafe, shop and plant sales. Natural Surroundings is owned and managed by Anne and Simon Harrap, and either Anne or Simon (or both) are usually on site, and are always happy to offer help and advice. More details About Us .

Horned Rampion - new to our nursery in 2020

The Plant Shop - wildlife-friendly plants for every garden

We are a small independent nursery, specialising in wildlife-friendly plants. We sell a wide range of garden-worthy native British wild flowers, as well as plants from around the Northern Hemisphere - from Europe, Asia and North America. Some of our plants are cottage garden classics, but we also stock a range of unusual plants seldom seen in nurseries. We stock herbaceous perennials, climbers, shrubs and small trees, as well as plants for ponds and bog gardens. Many of the plants that we sell have been propogated on site, and all our plants are grown in peat-free compost.

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Beautiful gardens … A peaceful haven from the troubles of the World, buzzing with wildlife

Our gardens and grounds extend over 8 acres (3.25 hectares), on gently sloping ground between a wooded hillside and the River Glaven. Ours is a fairly compact site, but it is designed to showcase every aspect of wildlife-friendly gardening - to excite and inspire - and we cultivate a great variety of plants, both from Britain and from further afield. Most visitors take an hour or two to wander around, but you can spend all day at Natural Surroundings, especially in the summer when there is so much to see. Take your time, sit and enjoy the view (we have several scenic viewpoints), and soak up the atmosphere of North Norfolk well away from the current troubles.

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Sea Kale in full flower in the Tea Gardens

Salsify - you have to visit before lunch to enjoy the flowers fully open!

OPENING TIMES

Tuesday to Sunday, 12 noon to 5pm. Closed Mondays. Please note that these are temporary arrangements and may be changed at short notice, so please check before you travel any distance.

CONTACT

Phone: 01263 711091
E-mail: wildlife@naturalsurroundings.info

LOCATION

Find us on the minor road between Letheringsett (on the A148 just west of Holt) and Wiveton – just follow the brown ‘wildflower centre’ signs. Postcode: NR25 7JN. See MAP

CHARGES

Free parking; free entrance to nursery & shop.

Entrance to gardens and grounds: high season (March-Ocober) adults £4.50, children 6-16 £2.50, under six years old no charge; low season (November-February) adults £3, no charge for ages 16 and under.

DOGS

Well-behaved dogs are very welcome in the gardens, but must be on a short lead (and short means less than two metres please!). At present we prefer dogs not to be brought into the shop and nursery, but understand that it may not be acceptible to leave them in a car if the weather is hot.

'the world depends on an understanding of nature, which begins for the majority of human beings on their doorstep'
Sir David Attenborough