To the rear of the Abbey is the Colclough Walled Gardens that was the source of fruit, vegetables and flowers for the Abbey. The garden is a Geometric Gardenesque Design, beautifully restored by volunteers from the community under the keen supervision of Alan Ryan, the project manager. With streams running through the lower areas, the walks traverse them by white bridges some with rose arbours. Within the garden is a vintage Pear Tree, now about 187 years old. The restored glass house, attached to the upper wall of the garden has more exotic plants and grapes. A little quote I took from the visitors book that sums it up perfectly; “This garden makes me wish for time”.
The woodland walks on the grounds of the Abbey are established hardwoods, full of life, the chatting of the birds, the sound of the stream cascading over the rocks creates a relaxing sense where you can sit a while and listen to nature. Ferns, wild garlic, bluebells create a lush forest floor. Wild woodpigeons, song birds and the knocking of the woodpecker make this space a spiritual place in which to exclude the stresses and anxieties of everyday life.