Priors 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 to the North Sea.

We have five general open days planned at the moment for 2016

Sunday June 25th  from 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm in support of the National Garden Scheme. Further details on the NGS Web Site  - £5 entrance . Undercover area for teas, plant sale. Paul Buckle my expert gardener is always on hand to answer questions and offer advice.. Plenty of parking space and wheel chair friendly

Garden open from 2.0pm to 6.00 pm. A donation box will be on the gate and  afternoon teas will be available from 2.30.  Mobility chair available on request, and most of the garden is wheel chair friendly, together with a good scattering of seats around the ten acres of garden. Family's are welcomed and the addition of tortoise breeding, railway carriages and donkeys and sheep, plus a small family museum make something for everyone to enjoy.  . This is a very tranquil and fragrant garden.  date to be confirmed


Sunday July 30th  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 nights 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      



                            WEDNESDAY  JULY 5th    This year we also plan a garden  party in aid of the Aldeburgh branch of SAVE THE  CHILDREN. My very first open day was for Save the Children nearly 40 years ago!, much has changed and July 5th probably sees my garden at its best with the roses and sweet peas in full bloom. The garden will be open all day from 10.00 am until 6.00 pm, serving teas, coffees and refreshments. Entrance will be by donation and a tempting raffle and live music will add to the perfume and atmosphere of the garden. Something for everyone with the restored railway carriages, tortoise breeding, family museum and old history and photos of Aldeburgh tucked away, and a couple of friendly donkeys . Ten acres to explore but all wheelchair friendly and scattered with seats to rest  for those not so young!. A special day  is being planed and not to be missed.


  It is now October and this season closed but happy to say we made just over £6000 going to a local hospice, Mc Millain Nurses, Butterfly Conservation and Save the Children. I am now taking bookings for next season and hoping for another bumper year. Events to date for 2018 are

National Garden Scheme.....Sunday June 24th

St Elizabeth Hospice Sunday July 15th

Butterfly Conservation Sunday July 29th                           


New Venture........

,I am happy to report Aldeburgh's exciting latest holiday 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 refurnished 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!  for details visit the tresco webpage on  www., it can also be found under Owners Direct or on trip adviser under Aldeburghs hidden gem, our first years visitors are already rebooking for this coming season so hurry up book, its very special!




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 is always abundant, and the tortoises and donkeys and sheep an extra bonus. Bring binoculars and picnics welcomed.