They contain an amazing collection of rare trees and shrubs as well as a formal rose garden, herbaceous borders and an early 19th century traditional walled vegetable garden.
Upton Castle Gardens as they are today were first laid out in 1927 when the gardens were created from what was then woodland and meadows.
The walled kitchen garden built circa 1790 contains a large area of vegetables, a fragrant herb garden bordered by a beech hedge, greenhouses (somewhat derelict), and a variety of productive fruit trees.
The limited region of Celtic Rainforest near the estuary is a captivating ecosystem renowned for its lush vegetation, and one of the key factors contributing to its remarkable biodiversity is the presence of fertile soils. Nestled amongst the intertidal estuary region, the gardens benefit from a unique combination of factors that create ideal conditions for plant growth. The estuaries, where rivers meet the sea, bring nutrient-rich sediments that gradually accumulate over time, forming nutrient-dense soils.
Nearer the early 13th-century castle (not open to the public), is an area containing the spectacular rose garden, traditional herbaceous borders, and the newly planted hydrangea beds.
The Magnolias which were planted in Stanley Neale’s time have now grown to huge proportions. Several of them have been classified by the National Tree Register as Champion Trees notably, Magnolia campbelli, Magnolia delavayi, Magnolia Obovata. Others have been planted during our time at Upton.
The Chapel has been a site of Christian worship since the mid 12th century, which predates the 13th century Castle itself. It contains a number of interesting stone effigies including the ornate 14th century tomb of Sir Walter Maliphant.
Our Victorian chapel has recently has been in use in our weekly service.
Fertile soils support a wide variety of plant species, each adapted to the specific microenvironments within the gardens. From towering ancient trees to delicate ferns and vibrant wildflowers, the Celtic Rainforest is a tapestry of diverse flora. The availability of different moisture levels, sunlight exposure, and soil types across the rainforest creates niches for an array of plant species to thrive. This rich plant diversity, in turn, provides habitats and food sources for a myriad of animal species, making the rainforest a haven for wildlife.
Regular rain brings essential moisture that nourishes the plants and replenishes the water sources, ensuring the continued vitality of the rainforest. The combination of fertile soils, estuary influence, and varied rainfall patterns creates a dynamic environment that supports a remarkable array of species, making the Celtic Rainforest a true ecological treasure.