The first year of the new river walk…

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Yvonne Coomber

Last winter the lovely S and I decided to create a new feature at the venue.  The venue has always been located right on the banks of the river Walkham but the previous owners had planted what is now a 20 ft plus screen of rhodedendrons and other trees which totally obscured the view of the river.  It had always seemed a shame not to be able to enjoy this unique resource but it took S and I some time to figure out how to open up access to the river and maintain the screen.

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Photography: www.katefierekphotography.co.uk

We thought we’d just create a narrow path on the river bank so that couples and their guests could actually see the river. What started out as a little 3 week job turned into a mammoth 4 month landscaping project with diggers, chainsaws, several tons of stone collected from our garden and a lot of mud.  S spent most of the winter stood in the river rebuilding the retaining wall which had fallen into disrepair over the years.

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Photography: www.grwphotography.co.uk

The path got wider and wider and in the end we realised we had created something amazing and what has turned out to be a favourite with couples and their guests this year.  The weeping willow tree which had previously struggled for space and light has come into its own now and is so popular with photographers.   The walk gives shade on a hot day and a meditative place for guests to sit on the log seats and just listen to the sound of the river and the birds.

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Photography: www.nickwphotography.com

Later on the river walk is lit with uplighters and is a romantic place to star gaze into the night.

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Photography: www.lunaweddings.co.uk

Take a look at our real weddings page of our website to see more great pics of the gardens here at Ever After and contact us to book an appointment to visit the venue for your wedding.

 

 

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