The Weir Garden
The garden covers 10 acres (4 hectares), and was the creation of its prior owner, Roger Parr, and his head gardener William Boulter. The adjoining house is used as a nursing home and is not open to the public.
The south facing aspect of the garden allows for a wide variety of plantings, and this, combined with the riverside, attract a notable variety of wildlife. Notable birds include blackcaps, mute swans, kingfishers, goosanders and in summer, sand martins, whilst teal often over-winter here. There are also a great many insects, including the rare club-tailed dragonfly, banded demoiselle damselflies and white-legged damselflies, plus a range of butterflies, hoverflies and crickets.
The ruins of a Roman temple possibly associated with a high-status Roman villa, which may have connections to the nearby Roman town of Magnis, lie inside the Weir Garden by the River Wye. There is an octagonal cistern filled by a spring, and a ruined buttress by the river. These are the highest standing Roman ruins in Herefordshire.
The property is open on Wednesday to Sunday from February until October.
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- National Trust web pages for 'The Weir' accessed 4 November 2013
- National Trust leaflet entitled 'Welcome to The Weir Garden - Information to help you enjoy your visit'
- "Suspected Romano-British Temple, The Weir Gardens". www.Roman-Britain.org. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
- "Roman Riverside Building Complex, The Weir Garden". Herefordshire Monuments Search. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
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