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Arley voted number one garden to visit in North West

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Reader of a leading weekly gardening magazine have voted Arley, near Knutsford, as their favourite garden to visit in the North West.

Throughout the summer, Garden News readers took part in a poll to find the Best 100 Gardens across the UK, with Arley Hall scooping more votes than any other in the region.

Garden News editor Simon Caney said: “It’s the first time that gardens throughout the UK have been rated in this way and thousands of people voted.

“We know that our readers love visiting gardens to get inspiration and Arley Hall was a clear winner in the North West.”

Each year thousands of people visit the award-winning gardens on the estate owned by Lord Ashbrook.

A team of five gardeners, along with numerous volunteers, maintain the borders – which have drawn praise from the likes of RHS Chelsea gold-medal winner Chris Beardshaw and Gardeners’ World presenter Carol Klein.

Head gardener Gordon Baillie said: “We’re obviously delighted to hear the readers of Garden News love the gardens at Arley as much as we do.

“We put in hours of hard work to make sure they look the best they possibly can all year round, but our role is also to preserve these historic gardens for future generations.”

The first record of a garden at Arley was around 250 years ago and the double herbaceous border is believed to be the first of its kind planted in England.

Earlier this year the gardens inspired a gold-medal winning display at the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park.

“For those of us who are lucky enough to work here it is a beautiful place to be and we are happy that we get to share it with visitors as well,” added Gordon.

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