Accessible Gardens
Accessible Gardens

Berkshire

The Savill Garden
Burnham Beeches

THE SAVILL GARDEN

Wick Lane, Englefield Green, Berkshire, TW20 0UU
Telephone: 01753 860222
Website: www.theroyallandscape.co.uk/landscape/savillgarden

 


Review by Pamela Boram - February 2011


Beautiful with a natural feel to the gardens. In May their amazing rhododendrons are in bloom.


I can't remember why we had difficulty buying our disabled tickets but I had to speak to a staff member about it.


There's a slope down into the Garden after the entrance and this can be a little hard pushing someone in a wheelchair on the way back out.


We managed quite a lot of travel over grass terrain off the recognised route and it was worth it.


Their map worked well.

 

 

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BURNHAM BEECHES

Office is on Hawthorn Lane, Farnham Common, Slough. SL2 3TE
Telephone: 01753 647358


Just 25 miles from London. Approach from either A40, J2 or M4 J6, in each case take the A355 towards Slough. Open every day 8.00am until dusk.

 

Review by John Lea - March 2013


Not a garden but just as fascinating for those who love the countryside. It is in fact 540 acres of woodland that is a fantastic place for those on electric wheelchairs or scooters. There are three tarmac lanes fanning out from the refreshment area into this fantastic historic wood and heathland. I believe that blue badge holders can get permission to drive through on weekdays (you would need to check that) but it is by the slower transport of walking or travelling gently through on a wheelchair that you really appreciate this beautiful woodland.


Many of the old trees are pollards, through the centuries they were cut time and time again about 5 ft above ground and that prevented cattle grazing the re-growth. Pollards live longer than other trees. I would estimate that that some trees here are over 500 years old and have grown into remarkable shapes.


We have visited it in summer and winter and on my electric wheelchair I found it fascinating. There is a good cafe serving hot and cold food but you have to sit outside to enjoy it. We did and enjoyed our Christmas Eve lunch here. First-class accessible toilets and lovely tarmac lanes to travel along added to the pleasure.


We have visited it in summer and winter and on my electric wheelchair I found it fascinating. There is a good cafe serving hot and cold food but you have to sit outside to enjoy it. We did and enjoyed our Christmas Eve lunch here. First-class accessible toilets and lovely tarmac lanes to travel along added to the pleasure.


The lane to the beeches is directed off the A355 into the heart of the woodland. Don't stop at the first car park but go on right through up to or just past the cafe too park. From there you have a choice of three different lanes to explore, the longest of them, Halse Drive, is probably the most enjoyable but it has a fairly steep hollow that could be an effort for those pushing a manual wheelchair.


For those with limited walking ability there is a marked shortage of seats and for that reason I wouldn't really recommend it. It can appear to be very crowded round the tea rooms but out in the woods we seldom met another person.

 

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