Welcome

NOVEMBER OPENING

We will remain open from Thursday 5th November onwards. During the 'lockdown' period the plant nursery and shop, as well as the gardens, will be open, and we will be offering take-away hot and cold drinks and snacks. The café will be closed. Our opening times will be 11am to 3pm, and we will be closed on Mondays. Please note that times and days may change, so do check the website before you visit.

The Gardens & Reserve are OPEN:    Escape from all the madness!

The gardens and reserve are open, so why not pull on your wellies or boots and take a relaxed walk around our eight acres of gardens, woodland and meadows. It may be November but there is still lots to see, including plenty of examples of wildlife-friendly gardening. Why not take your drinks and snacks into the gardens, or down to the river -  reduced, 'low-season' entrance charges apply.

We wish our many friends and supporters good health and thank you for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you!

Please Note....

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 regarding 'one-way' and 'no entry'. In addition:

* Face coverings should be worn throughout the shop and nursery area.
* Please only handle plants and other goods that you intend to buy.
* The café will be serving take-away drinks and snacks only. Food and drink from the café can be consumed in the gardens and reserve or off the premises - the tea garden is closed.
* Please pay contactless if possible.
* Children must stay with their parents / carers at all times.
* The Chalet, pond dipping area and hide are closed.

Home delivery

We offer home delivery and 'click and collect' on bird food, bird feeders, plants and a variety of items from our shop. Click here for details.

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

Open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am to 3pm (closed Mondays). Please note that these times may be changed at short notice, so please check again before you travel any distance - we will endeavour to make sure the our website always has the correct times!

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

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