Features to Expect in a Japanese Garden
- In Giggle Alley there are winding pathways, stone steps, rockeries and pools of water.
- The Japanese style bridge over a gurgling stream is pictured below.
- The planting includes excellent Maples and colourful leaf combinations.
- Azaleas waft scent around the glades and provide further colour and a sense of harmony.
- A venerable old Magnolia looks half dead but is flowering at the top of several 20′ high branches.
Giggle Alley Design
- Designed in 1914 and left to become overgrown since 1949, the garden at Eskdale is currently being renovated.
- The Forestry Commission created a Design Plan for the Japanese garden 2006-2011 see it on this pdf. You can contribute ideas and comments to the next plan and phase of renovation.
- This Japanese Garden, in Giggle Alley forest, was the jewel in architect James Rea’s horticultural crown.
- There are thickets of bamboo, a stunning display of Japanese maples and the heady scent of azaleas in the spring.
- The whole forest is open to the public.
Wild Life in Giggle Alley
- Bird song hinted at the variety of birds and there is an Owl Glade with native trees.
- It is also intended to maintain the Woodpecker Glade.
- Primrose glade, Fern glade and moss garden will also attract and support wild life.