Welcome

WINTER 2022-2023 OPENING TIMES

The gardens, nursery and shop are open Tuesday-Sunday, 10.30am to 4pm. We are closed on Mondays. The café is open for drinks, snacks and light lunches. There is no need to book for the café or gardens - just turn up on the day.

Over the Chritsmas and New Year holiday period we will be upen as usual Tuesday-Sunday, including New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, as well as Monday 19th December and Monday 2nd January. We will, however, be closed for the Christmas break on 24th-27th December.

We will be running our annual New Year Plant Hunt on Monday 2nd January 2023 (more details to follow). For the results of the 2022 New Year Plant Hunt click here. For the results of the October 2022 fungus foray, click here.

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 propagated 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

For current opening times please see the top of the page.

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, adults £5.50, children 6-16 £3; no charge for children five and under.

Become a 'Friend' of Natural Surroundings

Friends can visit the gardens and reserve free of charge (during normal opening times only) and receive our email newsletter, the Bayfield Botanica. The cost is £25 for 12 months for adults and £15 for 12 months for 16 and under. You can sign up in the café.

DOGS

Well-behaved dogs are very welcome, but must be on a short lead at all times throughout the site (and short means less than two metres please - long flexi-leads can be a significant trip hazard for our staff and customers!).