Moving to a Residential Park home (with our 60 plants): Gordon & Jenny Lloyd

We’d been thinking of moving back to Herefordshire not only for our retirement but to be nearer to family.

We are both originally from Herefordshire having moved away to follow our careers.

While out for a ride one day, when the Covid restrictions had eased a little, we happened to drive past Saltmarshe. Not far up the road we turned the car around thinking we might as well have a look at the park.

It was the views of the Malvern Hills and surrounding countryside that appealed first of all.

Some of the park homes overlook this view and it just so happened that some more concrete bases were being put down facing this view.

Things quickly moved on from that initial visit and we put down a deposit to secure an end of row plot.

We didn’t actually get the chance to choose a specific home as an Omar Newmarket home was already destined to be put on the end of the row. We ideally wanted an open plan layout which fortunately the Newmarket has, so it mostly meets our needs.

We moved to Saltmarshe Castle Park in August 2021 bringing with us 60 potted plants from the large garden we left behind in Shropshire.

During the Autumn & Winter of 2021 we began designing and planning the type of garden we wanted at Saltmarshe.

Our priority was to have raised beds not only looking ahead to a time when bending to garden might become a problem but also, we wanted a garden that is easy to maintain and leave whilst on holidays etc.

We have met some lovely people since we moved. Being on the end of a row we have lots of residents passing by, either just out for a walk or with their dogs.

Nearly everyone stops for a chat if you are outside and the garden, we have created gets a lot of comments.

We not only have lots of flowers on both sides of our home planted in raised beds and but we also have potatoes, runner beans, tomatoes, strawberries, spring onions and lettuce. So, we’ve achieved a lot in the 9 months we’ve been here.

The ground at Saltmarshe is heavy clay and as hard as concrete so cultivating the small area, we’d been left was not an option, it was in fact perfect for building raised beds on.

The eventual outcome has been a joint project, my husband constructing raised beds in a horseshoe shape and me painting, and planting up the beds.

We also included a paved area with steps providing easy access to the plants for maintenance.

The attached photographs show not only the construction but the finished result

Saltmarshe Castle Residential Park is located in a peaceful and breath-taking woodland setting, approximately 2.5 miles north of the town of Bromyard on the borders of Herefordshire and Worcestershire. It is situated with south facing views overlooking the Bromyard Downs and Malvern Hills.

This park is situated in the endless grounds of Saltmarshe Castle, a former country house and estate.

Bromyard, the nearest town, is where you will find all your local amenities, doctors, dentist, optician and vets along with the local shops.

The area is renowned for its scenic beauty and many ancient towns and cities, including Hereford, Worcester, Gloucester and Leominster, all accessible by the local bus services in Bromyard. Within the local surroundings of this gorgeous and historic park, you can find a wide range of farms, many of them selling locally grown fresh produce and ingredients, as well as some of the most amazing centres, family restaurants with homemade food and handcraft gift shops.

There are more than half a dozen new show homes available to see on the park with a choice of plots available as well

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