Going Wild


Travelling north on Wednesday to spend a few days in Glasgow to catch some of the Commonwealth Games we stopped at Sizergh Castle near Kendal for a break and a walk round the gardens. There was an impressive rockery along one side of the building, built from sections of limestone pavement at a time when the desecration of unique natural environments was neither here nor there, and four Plant Heritage National Collections of ferns (Osmunda, Dryopteris filix mas, Dryopteris affinis and Asplenium scolopendrium).

IMG_2626The highlight of the visit though was a temporary wild and woolly exhibition on the wooded hillside – dozens of knitted and felted creature in or on trees, on the woodland floor or, in the case of a large flamingo, flaked out on a bench.



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16 Responses to Going Wild

  1. bittster says:

    Not sure if I’m crazy about all the escaped knitting, but I suspect it was fun discovering the little guys throughout the woods. The garden site does look impressive!

  2. A bit of fun! Nice idea, too, to get kids interested, and keep them amused during the hols. Enjoy the games!

  3. Love the nuttso woolly sculpture!

  4. rusty duck says:

    Love the woodpecker!

  5. Anna says:

    Hope that you are having a great trip Cathy. Have never visited Sizergh although have been on its doorstep a couple of times only sadly to find it closed. Would be most interested in seeing the fern collections. We can certainly recommend the nearby Strickland Arms for lunch 🙂 If you are returning via the same route a stop at Levens Hall is not to be missed. Love the owl.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna. Intended to call at Larch Cottage nursery on the way back today but missed the turn… (and lunch) 🙂

  6. Cathy says:

    Wow, a bit of madness can be fun!

  7. Pauline says:

    How have I missed this garden when we have been up there, my uncle used to live in Kendal?!
    I would have loved to see the fern collections, that would have been interesting. Was there an explanation for why the knitted wildlife is there among the trees, I like the butterfly and woodpecker best.

    • Cathy says:

      NT property and not far off the motorway either. I would normally add a link but was posting in adverse wifi conditions so just did the minimum – will add them now. The woolly wildlife was part of a wider project and linked to promoting British wool

  8. Julie says:

    I visited last year on a trip to the Lake District with my mother. I remember finding a lovely shady bench on a very hot summers day. The knitted crew must be new.

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