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Longstock Park Water Garden

This is ‘the finest water garden in the world’, according to the International Waterlily society. Just a four-minute drive away, or a leisurely 30-minute walk away, Longstock Park Water Garden hosts an array of stunning plants from around the world including more than 40 different waterlily species. Covering around seven acres, the garden includes two and a half acres of lakes, fed by the River Test, making it the perfect environment for the many water-loving plants on display.

Part of the Leckford Estate, which is fully owned and managed by Waitrose, the garden was created in the 1940s by the founder of the John Lewis Partnership, John Spedan Lewis, as a place to work and reflect. Lewis had an extensive knowledge of botany, entomology and aquatic life, and spent much of his later life in the garden. These days, John Lewis Partnership staff and their guests get free entry to the garden on some Sundays.

The garden also attracts a range of water birds such as herons, moorhens and kingfishers along with thrushes, larks, robins, three types of woodpecker and many other native British species. It is also home to may species of insects, butterflies and fish. Given that it has such beautiful vistas and is home to a range of wildlife, Longstock Park Water Garden is well worth a visit.