Garden lovers can step into the world of Thomas Hardy from tranquil new shepherd’s hut

18:58 26 February 2014

The Shepherd

The Shepherd's Hut


Literary fans can step into the world of Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd by visiting a newly-built shepherd’s hut in a tranquil garden setting.

The Shepherd's HutThe Shepherd's Hut

From April, visitors to Wickets Gardens, in Langley Upper Green, on the outskirts of Saffron Walden, will be able to take in the rural landscape from within the hut.

The gardens, owned by Doug and Susan Copeland and open to the public under the National Gardens Scheme, will welcome pre-booked groups of 10 or more people.

Admission for pre-arranged visits is £4 for adults and free for children. The money will go towards nursing, caring and gardening charities.

Susan, county organiser for NGS Essex, said: “The new shepherd’s hut offers our ­visitors a wonderful vantage point to rest after long walks around our gardens and in our wildflower meadows.

“Plankbridge, the company that built the hut, even got a signwriter to paint Far from the Madding Crowd in Thomas Hardy’s handwriting on our hut, which is exactly where this hut takes people.”

Founder and owner of Plankbridge, Richard Lee, said: “Doug and Susan’s hut is what we call The Riverkeeper’s Hut, as it has double doors on the longer side of the hut, making it an ideal shelter to take in rolling views, whether it’s by a river, lake or in a large garden.”


More news stories

A 58-year-old man has been arrested following the recovery of 12 plants and 15 seedlings, which are believed to be cannabis, from a house in Wimbish on Tuesday (November 24).

The East Anglian Air Ambulance, flown by Prince William, which landed on Saffron Walden Common on Monday. Picture: Katrina Follet

The grandson of the man treated for head injuries by the East Anglian Air Ambulance on Monday (November 23) has expressed his thanks to the medics and crew.

16 minutes ago
The search continues for Gordon Wilson, who was last seen on October 25.

Police are still trying to trace two motorcyclists who went to the aid of a man believed to be missing 82-year-old grandfather Gordon Wilson.

Yesterday, 13:22
Abellio Greater Anglia train

Trains from Cambridge are delayed after the rail station was evacuated.

Digital Edition

Read the Saffron Walden Reporter e-edition E-edition

Most read stories