1Priors Oak is in Aldeburgh, a small town on the east coast of England known internationally for the Aldeburgh Festival, an annual event devoted to music. Trudie’s garden sits adjacent to the North Warren Bird Reserve, a patchwork of marshes, reed-beds, woodlands and heaths that attract birds and butterflies of all sorts and, of course, birdwatchers. A high point Priors Oak’s property line offers a view across the reserve Thorpeness and the sea.

COVID....... Sadly all last years events where cancelled but hopefully this year will see the garden back in action. Due to age creeping up on me have decided to just open the garden for local charities.  No longer taking coaches just smaller more specialised groups during the weekdays. The garden will be available to pre-book private visits with donations going to St Elizabeth Hospice and Butterfly Conservation.

My other exciting news is that Richard Stewart of Butterfly Conservation has written a small book on the history of the garden with plenty of pictures and writings on Birds and Butterflies of the garden. The book costs £7.50, is Titled, The Wildlife Garden of Aldeburgh. Available from myself or local book outlets. I will let you know when it is available from Amazon, all proceeds going to Butterfly Conservation. 

SUNDAY AUGUST 1ST  from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm in support of Butterfly Conservation. Further details on the Butterfly Conservation (Suffolk Branch) web site  The day will include guided butterfly walks both morning and afternoon, and the opening of the previous night's moth traps. Experts will be on hand, as will information and literature.  The garden now has a walkway around the edge of the small wood in the wildlife area with a 100 buddleia bushes (over 30 different varieties). No hot teas, cold drinks and snacks only,  but picnics welcomed (undercover sitting area).Entrance is free but a donation to Butterfly Conservation is appreciated      





  2019 I am happy to say made just over £6000 going to a local hospice, Mc Millan Nurses, Butterfly Conservation and Help The Aged. I am now taking bookings for this coming  season and hoping for another bumper year


New Venture........

, I am happy to report Aldeburgh's exciting latest holiday to let. I have purchased the next-door house and land and added to our small estate. The house is for my South African families use and will be holiday let this coming year. Now fully refurbished to a high standard and with stunning views across the North Warren bird reserve to the sea. Please check it out for further details,  and pass the good news on. We look forward to welcoming and spoiling our second season visitors!   details can be found under  Air B and B, Owners Direct or on trip Adviser under Tresco Aldeburghs  Hidden Gem, our last year's visitors are already rebooking for this coming season so hurry up book, it's very special! Please feel free to contact me on the details shown further down this site.





Groups and private visits can be arranged by appointment throughout the year. Garden always changing and Spring can be a glorious time for bulbs and birds and lambs, June excellent for the salad garden and early colour. Mid summer for sweet peas, perfume and boarders and herbs and tree ferns, whilst late summer brings out the butterflies and garden unleashing itself in colour and a rambling profusion of colour and greenery. Bird and wild life are always abundant, and the tortoises and donkeys and sheep an extra bonus. Bring binoculars and picnics welcomed.

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