The ‘Picturesque’ Trail...

Described as “England’s Garden Gateway”, Cheshire is particularly well blessed with top quality gardens – in fact more than one in eight of all UK garden visits take place here.
Our county is an ideal place in which to follow a route that highlights the “Picturesque”. The modern interpretation of picturesque is that of an attractive scene, beautiful or rugged, that’s ideal for framing and hanging on the living room wall. Our aim is to take you to some of the most ‘picture-perfect’ parts of our county, from the low-lying, leafy and pastoral Cheshire Plain, to the stunning views and vistas from the Peak District – and to show you how all this beauty is reflected in our gardens.
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        Cheshire - the region...

The beautiful and historic county of Cheshire is located in the heart of the UK. Bordering the outstanding landscapes of North Wales and the Peak District, it shares the serene pastoral countryside of nearby Shropshire.
The county also borders the vibrant and cosmopolitan urban areas of Liverpool and Manchester to the north, as well as the traditional industrial areas of the Potteries to the south. Other key destinations in England’s Northwest, such as the Lake District, are just two hours drive away. Home to 670,000 people and host to several million visitors a year, the county is largely rural but is also home to many modern and highly successful service sector and industrial businesses.
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        The Picturesque...

The attraction of Cheshire as a location for business, a place to live and a destination to visit is directly linked to its quality environment, good transport links, and well preserved heritage – including many superb gardens.
The importance of unspoiled countryside and high quality landscaping are now being recognised as contributing to local quality of life - and gardens are increasingly being recognised as making a vital contribution to this feel-good factor.
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