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Cheslyn House and Gardens

Often described as Watford's best kept secret Cheslyn House and Gardens is another of Watford’s Green Flag Award winner. The house and gardens were originally owned by Henry and Daisy Colbeck who created the gardens. Watford Borough Council started managing the site in 1965 and it is open to the public all year round. The gardens comprise 3.5 acres of formal, open area to the front and a semi-natural woodland area which features an aviary, a pond, a rock garden with a large herbaceous borders and semi-formal woodland.  

There are some interesting mature shrubs on the approach to the house, especially the standard trained wisteria sinensis, which is draped with lilac flowers in the summer; and a subtropical planting scheme featuring dahlias, palms and canna lilies creates a riot of colour in front of the house during the summer.  The acer in the centre of the lawn is a beautiful sight in the autumn.    There are budgerigars, quail, assorted finches and other varieties of small birds in the aviary.  Dragonflies and damselflies come to the pond in the summer, and there are frogs, newts, fish and water insects.  

The brick arch leading to the woodland area is all that remains of the original boundary of the gardens.  The woodland is full of colour in spring, with the azaleas and rhododendrons in full bloom; and snowdrops, daffodils, bluebells and woodland flowers add to the spectacle. 

Some of the trees in the gardens are: tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipfera), sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua), Indian bean tree (Catalpa bignonioides), maidenhair tree (Ginkgo biloba), various acer species  

You can also see wildlife in the gardens: birds, squirrels, foxes, badgers and the occasional Muntjac deer.   For more information on Cheslyn House and Gardens, including opening times, please click here

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