We've been to Consall Hall Landscape Gardens several times in Spring and Summer, in fact I've written about it on this blog before. The gardens aren't very far away from where we live, about 15 minutes by car and we'd always planned to go in Autumn, in fact the last time we went the man on the desk said to us that the gardens were spectacular in Autumn so this year we decided to visit. Imagine my surprise and sadness when I visited the garden's website to check the opening times only to read that on 28th of October they were closing for good.
The reason they are closing is twofold; the owner and designer of the gardens Mr William Podmore is nearly 91 years old and the number of people visiting has fallen over the last couple of years making it financially impossible for him to continue, so he has decided to call it a day.
Over fifty years Mr Podmore has created a superb garden of lakes, woodlands, wildlife habitats, summerhouses and follies from what was formerly an industrial site.
The gardens are right next door to the Consall Nature Park and the Churnet Valley Railway - you can hear the steam train - the one I photographed in the last post but one - toot tooting as it passes through the Churnet Valley and stops at nearby Consal Station on its way from Froghall to Cheddleton.
Everywhere you look is a spectacular view arranged by Mr Podmore to maximum effect for the visitor - a constant delight to the eye and the senses.
These are just a few of the many photos I took and I would normally say to whet your appetite for a visit but in this case unless you can go on the next two Wednesdays or this coming Sunday it won't be possible.
I'm so glad that we were able to visit this wonderful garden, which I'm sure has brought such pleasure to its visitors over the last four years since it opened, one last time before it closes and at such a beautiful time of year too.