Many gardens in the picturesque Cotswold village of West Littleton (near Bath) were open to visitors on 8th and 9th June this year.
One of the first villages in the UK to launch the ‘open garden’ concept over 30 years ago, West Littleton’s gardens range from traditional country cottage and woodland gardens through to formal landscaped gardens and sweeping lawns. Rose gardens, herbaceous borders, orchards, productive vegetable and fruit gardens and wildflower areas - something for all! Take a look too at the progress being made in the creation of wild flower areas in the churchyard.
Gardens were on show, from 2.00pm to 5.30 pm. Teas and homemade cakes were served over the weekend and visitors were able to take their pick of the best at the ever-popular plant sale. On the Sunday, choral evensong was held in St. James church in the evening.
West Littleton is a small village located on the border of Wiltshire and Gloucestershire and lies to the north west of Marshfield, located between the M4 and the A420. It boasts around 50 inhabitants with 25 houses, two working farms and St James’ Church. The National Trust property, Dyrham House situated in Dyrham Park is located a few hundred metres from the village.
West Littleton is a beautiful village with many buildings and walls built of Cotswold stone, and stone tiled roofs. Houses are arranged around the Common giving a sense of openness and space. Some houses in the village date back to the 15th century with some possibly even back to the 14th. The Church of St James is small and intimate. It is Grade 2 listed and originated in the 13th century and has a collection of 18th and 19th century wall memorials and tombs which have been the subject of a recent restoration project.
It is planned to hold another Gardens Open event in 2020 on 13th and 14th of June.
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