The Chichele Garden has now been put to bed for the season and the volunteer gardeners are taking a rest while nature takes its course.

In a quest to encourage biodiversity and provide a winter haven for the life of the garden, plants have deliberately been left to die back naturally ensuring that herbaceous and hollow-stemmed plants are left unpruned to provide homes for overwintering insects.The overflowing compost heaps provide a warm winter home for hedgehogs, toads and other animals in addition to being an important feeding area for birds and other wildlife.

The provision of shelter, food and breeding sites adds considerably to the charm of the garden.

Winter brings its own special beauty to the Chichele Garden with frosted seed heads and skeletal structures among the Christmas roses, evergreen box and laurel providing a quiet and contemplative winter wonderland.

October 2017