Friday, 10 June 2016
Visiting the Secret Japanese Garden
The Guardian featured an article recently about the UK's top 10 secret gardens, and amongst them was a beautiful looking Japanese garden in Nottinghamshire. Despite having living here for ten years I'd never heard of the garden before so was keen to take a trip there. Last Sunday's sunshine was the perfect excuse for Tom and I to drive over and see it for ourselves.
The garden was created in 1980 by Maitreya, who was born in Japan. After living as a Zen monk for a time and travelling around Asia he began teaching meditation before moving to England. Here he wanted to create a peaceful area for visitors to relax in. Pure Land Meditation Centre and Japanese Garden was born!
The garden was a little further than I'd expected, as it lies north of Newark, but the countryside around it is beautiful, filled with picture-perfect villages.
Entry is £7, and when we visited on a Sunday afternoon there were a few other visitors but it wasn't overly busy. Although the garden isn't huge, it's wonderful to wander around and explore, with pretty flowers, wooden bridges and a crystal garden making it a very peaceful space. There is also a little tea room where you can buy Japanese tea and scones, which we enjoyed in the garden. Afterwards we went for a little walk through some nearby fields and met a very friendly horse!
I would love to visit Japan itself some day, but for now it was nice to have a little taster of it right here in the Midlands. To find out more about the garden, click here.
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