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18 Duchess Park with Westburn

Helensburgh G84 9PY
Stewart & Sue Campbell
Current Openings:
Sunday 14 May, 2pm - 5pm (2023)
Admission £5.00, children free.
Nominated charity: Friends of Duchess Wood 30% & St Michael & All Angels Church 30%.
18 Duchess Park G84 9PY (Stewart and Sue Campbell): The garden is small, about 40 years old, and is still being developed. The site was originally a paddock on the edge of Duchess Wood, which backs on to the garden, and is our local nature reserve. The rear garden is sloping with steps on one side and a gravel path on the other to get to the upper garden. It is a woodland garden with two large oak trees, many species and hybrid rhododendrons and other interesting plants. More rhododendrons, acers and other woodland shrubs and plants have been planted over the last two years. Mid-May should be a good time to enjoy many of the rhododendrons in full bloom. Almost all the plants are clearly named!
Westburn 50 Campbell Street G84 9NH (Mrs Baker): A woodland garden of just over two acres. The Glenan Burn runs through a woodland of oak and beech trees with bluebells in the springtime. Some of the paths are steep, but there are bridges over the burn and handrails in places. There is also an air raid shelter and the remains of a kiln where James Ballantyne Hannay manufactured artificial diamonds in the 1800s. A lawn is surrounded by rhododendrons and azaleas, and there is a vegetable garden. Over the years, the garden has been enjoyed by children, with lots of room to play and fish in the burn.

Directions: Duchess Park: From Sinclair Street, travel west along Queen Street until it becomes Duchess Park, a cul de sac. Number 18 is at the far end on the right. Westburn: Proceed along West Montrose Street from Sinclair Street and take the fourth turn on the right. The entrance of Westburn is 100 yards up Campbell Street on the right-hand side.

Other details: Short guided wild flower walks in Duchess Wood will be offered during the afternoon by the Friends of Duchess Wood. The bluebells should be in bloom. If the weather is poor, 'stout' shoes are recommended. Homemade teas will be served at 18 Duchess Park and there will be a plant stall at Westburn.

The listing location on a map.