Littlethorpe Manor

Littlethorpe Manor
Littlethorpe
Ripon
North Yorks HG4 3LG

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Littlethorpe Manor

Lime Avenue and Retaining Wall

lime-1.jpgAn 85m long 1.8m high wall retains the upper fountain lawn from the parkland below. A Yew hedge planted on top of the wall restricts views down to the parkland. Two Hornbeam towers provide viewing points at either end of the wall. 12 steps lead down from a central balustraded viewing platform to the Lime avenue below. The base of the wall is landscaped with mass plantings of Hakonechloa macra, the deciduous Japanese grass, creating a wave like effect in the breeze and turning golden brown in the autumn. The grass is interspersed with large blocks of Yew and Hornbeam.

24no Tilia platyphyllos’Rubra’ planted in 2006 are trained into pollards to form a compact avenue leading to the pond and Pavilion. The avenue is under planted with approx 3000 mid season Triumph tulips, including ‘Jan Reus’, ‘Havran’, ‘Cassini’ and ‘Don Quichote’. To the right is an area of long grass we hope to establish as a wild flower meadow. Eremurus bungei are a feature here in early summer.