Gardens open in Hertfordshire this winter

With a second lockdown going on across England, it can be hard to think of what to do on a weekend. One place of solace remains open however – our glorious gardens. While you should not travel far to reach these green wonders, if you are based near the following gardens we certainly recommend a visit to take a moment to breathe, grab a bit of exercise and get outdoors.

Photo: Jonty Wilde

Henry Moore

A place to not only take in nature and get the blood flowing, the sculptures dotted around will sure make for a creatively stimulating visit too. More than 20 of Henry Moore’s works are on show in the 60 acres of grounds and a roam around the gardens during the crisp winter days will reset any person who has been stuck inside. The gardens are open currently from the 14th November to 20th December 2020 on Saturdays & Sundays, from 11am to 4pm, with the last admission at 3pm. Booking in advance is recommended. Nature and art entwined 

Knebworth House

A Hertfordshire and national favourite, the grand Knebworth House is opening its garden gates for November. Discover Edwardian gardens that include 28 acres of woodlands (Autumn is still clinging on!), ponds and the Dinosaur Trail – a visit might not only give you a breather, but wear your kids out too. Booking is essential for a visit and can be done so via their website. A grand garden downtime

St Albans Cathedral grounds

As a place of worship, St Albans Cathedral remains open for private prayer and reflection. The gardens surrounding the cathedral will always be a stunning place to take in the last of the autumn, and will equally be open for those crisp morning or cosy evening walks to refresh from a day spent in. The Cathedral is currently open Monday to Saturday, from 9am to 4pm, and Sunday from 11am to 4pm. Grounds to reflect upon

Ashridge Estate

A firm favourite all year round, the 5000 acres of Ashridge Estate mean that you can keep social distanced and still take in the healing of the trees and outstanding viewpoints on a visit. Not only can you visit Ashridge for a walk to clear your head, with the miles of bridleways you can take your bike along too and get that all important exercise. The visitor centre and shop remain closed currently, and you do not need to book in advance. Acres to traverse

Hertfordshire's Historic Woods

The ancient woodlands south of Hertford are Hertfordshire's only National Nature Reserve (NNR). The four ancient woods that make up the Reserve - Broxbourne Wood, Bencroft Wood, Hoddesdon Park Wood and Wormley Wood - are made for a seasonal wander. Being made up of sessile and hornbeam trees, they are full of sound and colour as the seasons change. Not only can you enjoy a relaxing meander through the woodland there is a sculpture trail to follow, and a walkers guide and several walkers routes can be found online to help you discover the area.

Aylett Nurseries

If you are unable to travel to these gardens for some timeout, you can create your own sanctuary at home. Garden centres have been allowed to stay open for essential items and one of the best is Aylett Nurseries, who offer online shopping. Even if you don’t have an outdoor space, their houseplants from ferns to dragon trees can create one in your living room, bathroom or bedroom! Tranquillity for your room