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Coronavirus Update: Opening Alert !!!!!

The nursery, shops and gardens are now open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 12 noon to 4pm. Sadly, the café has to remain closed for the time being.

We will be following government and trade guidelines regarding social distancing in order to keep both customers and staff safe.
* Please pay contactless if possible, and observe all signs.
* Note that the toilets are currently closed to ALL visitors.

Nursery & Shop

During your visit please observe the following guidelines:

* Customers in the nursery and shop will be restricted to two per party, both from the same household.
* No dogs (except guide dogs).
*  Please only handle plants and other goods that you intend to buy.

Gardens

We are pleased to announce the gardens reopen on Thursday 28th May (in accordance with new government guidance published on 23rd May). We have around six acres of garden and reserve, with many paths. Some are narrow and a one way system will be in operation along the river, but we do not want to burden the site with ‘one way’ and ‘no entry’ signs and envisage that there will be no issues with social distancing - we ask visitors to use common sense and good manners.

* Dogs are allowed in the gardens, but must be on a short lead (and short means less than two metres please!).
* Visitors will be restricted to four per party, including children, and all children must stay with their parents / carers at all times.
* The and Pond Dipping area are currently closed to all visitors.

As usual, we are happy to give help and advice, but will not be able to offer our usual level of service. If you have specific needs (e.g. advice on suitable plants, seeds etc.) you may wish to e-mail us with details of your plot - size, photos etc. - so that we can advise you in advance of your visit.

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 understanding.

Championing wildlife-friendly gardening & British Wildlife

GARDENS  *  RESERVE  *  NURSERY  *  CAFE  *  SHOP

Natural Surroundings is 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.

Beautiful gardens … 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.

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

Cantaurea montana 'Purple Heart'

Erythronium 'Pagoda'

OPENING TIMES

October to April
Tuesday to Sundays, 10am-4pm. Closed Mondays (but open Bank Holiday Mondays and every day during half term weeks and in the Christmas and Easter school holidays). Please note we will be closed from 24-27 December, but open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

May-September
Open every day 10am-5pm.

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, café and tea garden.

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 welcome in the shop, café and grounds but must be kept on a short lead.

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

NEWS

Wildflower Festival

On Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June we will be hosting our first 'Wildflower Festival', with exhibitions, guided walks, demonstrations and other events. More details to follow soon!

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On 2nd January 2020 we participated in the 'New Year Plant Hunt' and found no less than 74 species of wild-growing plants in flower, More details.

We have now launched our ‘Wildlife Gardening Trail taking in a selection of our gardens to illustrate all the things that you can do to attract wildlife to your garden. A full colour booklet with all the details is available in the shop for  £1.

Yet again, we’ve been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor for consistently earning top ratings from our customers. Thanks to everyone who’s posted!  Read our reviews.