At Furzey Gardens, ten acres of peaceful woodland glades include winter and summer heathers, rare flowering trees and shrubs and a mass of spring bulbs. There is a 16th-century cottage, lake, and a nursery, run by the Minstead Trust for People with Learning Disabilities, who also help to maintain the gardens. A large thatched gallery is the venue for refreshments.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Woodland Garden is uneven and may not be fully accessible for wheelchair users
- Facilities: Electric wheelchair available
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Gardens open daily, 10-6. Gallery, café and gift shop open Mar-Oct, daily 10-5 (last orders 4.15); Nov-Dec, Fri-Sun (please check website for details)
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About the area
Hampshire’s varied landscape of hills and heaths, downlands and forests, valleys and coast is without rival in southern England. Combine these varied landscapes and terrains with secluded and idyllic villages, complete with thatched and timber-framed cottages and Norman churches, elegant Georgian market towns, historic ports and cities, restored canals and ancient abbeys, forts and castles, and you have a county that is paradise for lovers of the great outdoors.
If you’re a walker, stride out across the high, rolling, chalk downland of the north Hampshire ‘highlands’ with far-reaching views, walk through steep, beech-clad ‘hangers’ close to the Sussex border. Or perhaps take a gentler stroll and meander along peaceful paths through unspoilt river valleys, etched by the sparkling trout streams of the Test, Itchen, Avon and Meon. Alternatively, wander across lonely salt marshes and beside fascinating coastal inlets or, perhaps, explore the beautiful medieval forest and heathland of the New Forest, the jewel in Hampshire’s crown.
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