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The top 5 gardens, nature parks & natural wildlife areas to visit in Northampton

Here at Oakview Landscaping we always aim to give you the garden of your dreams, we appreciate everyone has their own idea of that perfect garden. We also appreciate natural beauty, this is why we are going to do a rundown of the most beautiful nature parks, gardens & natural wildlife areas that we think you should visit.

Not only will you have a great day out with the family (be it kids or dogs!) but you can appreciate the stunning landscape and maybe even take the odd idea home with you for your garden. So without further ado, let’s get stuck in.

Coton Manor Garden

Coton Manor Garden takes natural beauty to the next level, to start with the 17th Century manor house is built using local mellow Northamptonshire stone. Then leading down from this gorgeous house is the peaceful, beautiful 10-acre garden.

With the house & gardens occupying a hillside position, this means that all the gardens are landscaped on many different levels, this alone gives the Manor a unique look and feel but as you start to explore you will see that it offers so much variety.

Due to the fact that the gardens are split into lots of smaller, distinctive areas, you will always see something different in each garden you come across. There are fountains, ponds & flowing streams to keep things interesting, not only that but when you have managed to look around all of the gardens there is a 5-acre bluebell wood with a wildflower meadow for you to explore.

Finally, after all this exploring, I’m sure you will be in need of a nice cup of tea & nibble to eat, the Stableyard Café delivers on this account to ensure you don’t go without. One thing to note is that dogs are not allowed while visiting Coton Manor.

Stanwick Lakes

Stanwick Lakes gets a place on this list for many reasons, to start with it is based on a massive 750-acre area of countryside. You have the option of just relaxing by the lake and getting in a bit of bird watching, it is well known for its abundance of wildlife, especially the large variety of birds that live here. There is some beautiful picnic areas & BBQ facilities for you to stop off for a bite to eat with the family and a lovely sculpture trail for you to explore.

If you are a bit more adventurous then you can try your skills at the orienteering or the assault course, maybe even a bit of team building to get all your work colleagues on the same page.

No matter what you would like to do the chances are that you can do it at Stanwick Lakes so why not have a look and see if it is for you.

Castle Ashby Gardens

Now Castle Ashby is the place to visit if you enjoy your history, especially your local history. The estate itself is a huge 10,000-acre estate and the gardens stretch over 35 acres. Castle Ashby is the ancestral home of the 7th Marquees of Northampton.

There is a nice variety of different gardens available at Castle Ashby, if you are into your flowers & love seeing beautiful arrangments then this is the place for you to visit.

There is the Butterfly & Secret Gardens, the Butterfly Gardens is beautiful as it has certain plants to specifically attract butterflies and other insects. The Secret Garden is a fantastic smelling garden with a mixture of Lavender, Roses, Jasmines & Salvia amongst others.

Then you have the Maltese Cross & Rainbow Border, the Maltese cross is stunning during June when all the flowers are in full bloom whereas the Rainbow Border (as you would expect) is a fantastic range of colours covering all colours of the rainbow and more.

Lastly, there is the Arboretum & Nature Trail. Here they showcase a vast collection of trees, they range from Yews, Pines, Spruces and Holly all surrounded with stunning wildflowers. They also have a claim that they possibly have the UK’s largest Weeping Beech.

Finally, to keep the kids happy at Castle Ashby they have a fantastic Menagerie with so many lovely animals to view. Just for starters, they have a cheeky family of meerkats, some cute chipmunks and some inquisitive marmosets.

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Abington Park

Abington Park is one of the oldest parks in Northampton, underneath the surface of this beautiful park, lies the archaeological remains of an old medieval village which still has some of the old buildings standing.

Some of the facilities available here include the Abington Park Museum & Medieval village which along with the Church of St Peter & St Paul showcase some beautiful scenery that has survived many centuries.

To keep the family entertained there is a fitness trail, sports facilities & a play area to make sure everyone has something they like to do.

Finally, they have two lakes which include a model boating lake for you to try out your own boats as well as a large lake to stroll around in your own time. They are connected by a cute connecting stream.

Sywell Country Park

Sywell country park is a fantastic, beautiful park fully loaded with attractions. Built around an old reservoir near the tiny village of Sywell this park ticks all the boxes for a family day out, whether it’s you and the kids, your dogs or maybe you just need an afternoon out relaxing alone, you will be able to find something to do here.

You are able to walk around the large reservoir to take in the views & maybe od a little bird watching while you are at it, maybe you enjoy a bit of fishing, well then the 67-acre reservoir will be perfect, no longer supplying drinking water, this reservoir is home to a variety of fish from pike, to roach to tench.

If water isn’t your thing then maybe visit the butterfly garden, you will be intoxicated by the beautiful sents and it’s a wonderful scene to see all the butterflies flying around the garden.

There is also a couple of great play parks to keep the kids happy at lunchtime while you enjoy some tea & cake from the café.

So there you have it, a concise list of some of the more beautiful & entertaining parks and gardens around. We have not listed these in order of our preference, they are all fantastic places to visit, have a look into them and see which you might prefer most, even better yet, why not try to visit them all and decide for yourself which you prefer.

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