Staffordshire hopes garden visitor numbers will bloom

Enjoy Staffordshire has created a Staffordshire Garden Trail, featuring 20 of the county’s finest gardens, as it aims to help garden tourism grow.

The tourist body has also put together a Staffordshire garden short break package to help celebrate two major national campaigns: the Year of the English Garden, and the 300th anniversary of the birth of landscape gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.

With prices starting from £75, the Staffordshire Gardens short break package includes an overnight stay with breakfast for two adults in one of 11 hotels and guesthouses, plus admission to two of the county’s top garden attractions.

The Staffordshire Garden Trail is supported by a leaflet, with a map and discount vouchers to attractions including The Trentham Estate (pictured) near Stoke-on-Trent, and Weston Park, South Staffordshire, which were landscaped by Capability Brown in the 18th century.

The National Trust’s Biddulph Grange Garden, in the Staffordshire Moorlands – with its exotic plants from all over the world and an eclectic range of sculptures including sphinxes, a sacred cow and even a Great Wall of China – is also included.

Fellow National Trust properties – including South Staffordshire’s Moseley Old Hall, known for its intricate knot garden and connections with King Charles II – are also featured, alongside the Dorothy Clive Garden on the Staffordshire-Shropshire border, with its new Royal Botanic Glasshouse.

Thousands of garden trail leaflets have been printed and distributed to tourist information centres, motorway service stations, participating gardens and accommodation providers in the county.

The leaflet also available as a free download on the Enjoy Staffordshire website.