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Autumn Sundays launched at Hole Park Gardens in Rolvenden

The temperature may have dropped a little, but some autumn sun may still shine on the county’s gardens.

Hole Park Gardens in Rolvenden, near Ashford , is renowned for its all year round beauty, and promises some spectacular autumn colour throughout October.

Hole Park Gardens, Rolvenden begins its Autumn Sundays opening this weekend
Hole Park Gardens, Rolvenden begins its Autumn Sundays opening this weekend

Thanks to the garden's glow at this time of year, managers extend their opening times to include Autumn Sundays, so there’s plenty of chances to while away a few hours admiring the flora and fauna.

The exotic border boasts vibrant colours throughout the month, including cannas and dahlias, while the late flowering agapanthus Hole Park Blue can also be seen in the formal gardens.

There are also magnificent mature trees and Japanese Maples providing striking autumn colour around the 16-acre gardens and the 10-acre woodland.

Hole Park Gardens, Rolvenden
Hole Park Gardens, Rolvenden

Visitors can enjoy a circular walk which takes walkers past a carved wooden sculpture of a family of bears climbing a tree to reach a honey pot and also a renovated Ice House which was built in around 1740 to store ice long before the days of refrigeration.

When the ice was cut and stacked it would last for up to three years in this cool environment.

Autumn Sundays begin this weekend, on Sunday, October 4, and continue on Sundays October 11, 18 and 25, and join the other opening days on Wednesdays and Thursdays until Thursday, October 29.

While at the gardens, you can sample some lunch or afternoon tea with homemade cakes in the Coach House tearoom, and pick up some plants, preserves or apple juice from the estate.

To find out more go to holepark.com

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