The Naturalist’s Garden
The centrepiece of the Naturalists Garden is the pond which was built here in the 1990s. The pond is used for educational activities and contains three species of newt: smooth newt (Lissotriton vulgaris), palmate newt ( Lissotriton helveticus) and great crested newt (Triturus cristatus).
The pond also contains plants first recorded growing in Hampshire including Bogbean (Menyanthes trifoliata), which needs to be controlled annually to stop it spreading across the whole area of the pond.
The Naturalists Garden contains several 18th century apple tree cultivars hung with bird feeders to encourage birds to this area where they also feed off the windfall apples in the autumn. There are also trees of botanical interest including the maidenhair tree (Ginkgo biloba).