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Englandís Reputedly Largest Walled Garden Receives Much Needed Repairs At Elmdon Manor Nature Reserve

Walls and archways of Elmdon Manorís Walled Garden are receiving much needed repairs thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and support from Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and Solihull Metropolitan Council.

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust who is overseeing the project manage Elmdon Manor Nature Reserve under an agreement with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council.

Elmdon Manor Nature Reserve is situated on the outskirts of Solihull, 0.5km south-west of Elmdon just off the A45. The reserve covers 12.5 acres and reputedly contains one of the largest walled gardens in England (2.5 acres).

Warwickshire Wildlife Trustís Reserves officer, Sophie Lloyd said:

"Prior to management by The Trust, Elmdon Manor was a public park slightly neglected and run-down. Since 1983 much work has been conducted on the nature reserve in an effort to conserve its woodland, grassland and unique walled garden. 

"So far we have surfaced footpaths, cleared the ornamental pond and replanted the orchard. The wall and archway repair project is all part of the ongoing management of this site and will hopefully encourage more use of the site. 

"If anyone is interested in helping please call us on 024 76 308979."

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CWN / Environment / Warwickshire Wildlife Trust / 25 Feb 00

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