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Open Gardens: Allotment Zone

Allotment Zone (Seven Stiles)

The Allotment Zone features 6 Open Gardens plus the Seven Stiles Allotments. There are no public car parks within this zone. The nearest ones are in Memorial Park or on Hollins Lane, so unless you are a keen walker it is likely you will need to park on nearby streets. Please do so considerately: do not block pavements, driveways or roads.

The nearest participating refreshments outlet is Marple Cricket Club, where you can buy a drink, a meal or use the toilets. On Saturday they are open from 12 noon until the evening, serving food from 1pm throughout the day. On Sunday they are open from 9.30am to 4pm, initially selling breakfast and then light lunches. Coffee and tea is available all day both days.

Other refreshment options are available in the Marple Town Centre Zone, where the best options for toilet facilities are also located too.

Marple and District Allotment Association will also be in attendance on the Seven Stiles Allotment site, which will also be open to visitors.

Via the Main Map you can obtain directions from one garden or location to another or from any postcode to any location with a pin on the map. Use this to find your way to Marple.

AZ1 - 6 Stiles Avenue, SK6 6LR: Partially accessible to wheelchairs

Creatively shaped island beds are at the core of this large beautifully landscaped garden.

6 Stiles Avenue

This large, beautifully-landscaped garden slopes down from an extensive area of decking to a quiet dell with a small pond.

The impressive expanse of lawn is bordered by bold and varied herbaceous borders which include many unusual varieties of perennials and a collection of ‘giant’ species.

However, it is the central steps and the creatively-shaped island beds which form the core of the garden’s character.

The stylish raised beds in the front garden are densely planted and a delight to any visiting plant-lover.

Many specimen trees and shrubs also feature towards the bottom of the garden, as do the chickens!

AZ2 - 9 Ashwood Crescent, SK6 6LS:  Partially accessible to wheelchairs

 

 

A diversity of roses, shrubs, trees, perennials alpines and vegetables in a south-facing garden.

9 Ashwood Crescent

Our large south-facing garden slopes down to mature woodland.

Borders contain an eclectic mix of Spring and summer perennials, shrubs, trees and roses from sources as diverse as Kew and Aldi!

We love alpines which are to be found in a gravel garden and various containers.

Salvias and aeoniums are also of particular interest, although the Beast from the East proved a challenge for some.

A couple of raised beds contain vegetables and cut flowers – a replacement for a former allotment.

The greenhouse is full of tender plants in winter and kitchen produce in summer.

AZ3 - 1 Limefield Close, SK6 6LD:  Partially accessible to wheelchairs

A garden with no lawn and no straight lines transformed from a boring grassy mound!

1 Limefield Close

When we moved into our house six years ago, our garden was just a boring, awkwardly-shaped grassy mound.

The only brief we gave our designer was to have space for a summer house and a bird-feeding station, with no grass and no straight lines – and all this we now have!

The planting is set among raised beds and rockery and includes a herbaceous border, espalier apple and pear trees, soft fruit bushes, shrubs and much more besides – do come and see!

AZ4 - 2 Limefield Close, SK6 6LD:  Partially accessible to wheelchairs

A lush green tropical surprise featuring summer jewels tucked away at the top of a quiet close.

2 Limefield Close

Tucked away at the top of a quiet close, the lawn of the front garden is edged by a slowly expanding (work in progress) herbaceous border, planted mainly with varieties of geranium, clematis,shrubs and box balls.

However, a surprise awaits behind the house for the rear garden has a lush, green, tropical vibe!

It is a small, enclosed, paved and steeply-tiered garden with plants including fatsia, trachycarpus, palm, bamboo, phormium and euphorbia.

In summer the addition of jewel-coloured annuals provides splashes of colour.

AZ5 - 35 Ashwood Crescent, SK6 6LS:  Partially accessible to wheelchairs

Planted with wildlife in mind, this large sloping garden is a mix of rising paths and formal steps.

35 Ashwood Crescent

Re-landscaped in 2015, this large sloping, south-facing garden is still very much ‘under development’.

It has been designed and planted with wildlife in mind, having a wildflower orchard and large pond with British native aquatic plants.

The garden is terraced with a mix of gently rising paths and more formal steps.

A wide variety of plants can be found in the ornamental flower beds, in the knot garden and on the large patio. There is also a greenhouse with working area.

At the front, a mix of trees, shrubs and perennials surround a pebbled area.

Plants for sale to raise funds for Cancer Research UK at this garden.

AZ6 - Seven Stiles Allotments, SK6 6PJ:  Partially accessible to wheelchairs  Refreshments may be available

A fertile oasis of calm that has been in continuous use by local plot-holders for over forty years

Seven Stiles Allotments

The site is in the Ley Hey area of Marple and is bounded by the seven Stiles footpath connecting Bowden Lane with Oakdene Road. This has been in continuous use for over forty years, is owned by Stockport MBC and is classed as Statutary Land for allotment use.

It comprises an area of 1.25 acres (0.5 hectares) and is the home for nearly 40 plot holders and includes raised beds for the less-able.

This oasis of calm has been improved over the years, is very fertile and grows a huge variety of vegetable, fruit and flowers.

Regular working parties have improved drainage and paths and have constructed rest areas, a ‘Chinese Bridge’ and a summerhouse.

Entrances to the allotments are accessible from Manor Hill Road / Ashwood Crescent to the west and from Oakdene Road to the east.

AZ7 - 10 Green Meadows Drive, SK6 6QE (open Saturday 7th July only):

A diverse sloping garden with a woodland backdrop that a variety of birds love to visit.

10 Green Meadow Drive

This sloping garden, which has a wonderful woodland backdrop, has different areas of interest.

The front garden has a mixed shrub and flower border along with smaller beds nearer the house.

At the back, an irregular-shaped pond is situated in a herbaceous bed. The shady border facing it contains hostas, geraniums, ferns and shrubs with interesting textures and foliage. Grasses grow in a sinuous gravel garden.

Curves, rather than straight lines, predominate in this quarter of an acre plot. A variety of birds regularly visit.  And the double swing provides relaxation after a day’s gardening.

A challenge called "Find the Buddha" in this garden will be a diversion for young children!

Key:

Open Garden Marker Participating Open Gardens.
Refreshments Marker

Marple Cricket Club for refreshments and food (including toilets).

Saturday open from 12 noon until the evening, serving food from 1pm throughout the day.
Sunday open from 9.30am to 4pm, initially selling breakfast and then light lunches.
Coffee and tea is available all day both days.

Marple Memorial Park Marker 7 Stiles Allotments.

Corrections to printed leaflet

There are two error in the printed tri-fold leaflet distributed with tickets, both concerning the Allotments Zone. One is the reversal of information on the green inner fold: AZ2 should say "Large; south-facing; includes a bit of everything" and AZ5 should read "Large; developing; includes a bit of everything". Also to garden AZ7 which is referred to beside the address of 10 Green Meadows Drive on the map as AZ6 instead of AZ7. Apologies to the garden owners concerned.

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