Vanessa Cooke has spent 40 years transforming Stillingfleet Lodge gardens into a haven for wildlife. She gives lectures on horticulture and rare species
She has transformed the four acres into a number of tranquil areas where visitors are encouraged to sit, look and listen. Here is a sneak peak behind the scenes
Stilingfleet is a haven for wildflowers and rare species Wild orchids have once again been introduced into Stillingfleet thanks to careful maintenance of the grasses The latest addition to Stillingfleet and one of Vanessa's favourite spots to sit. Vanessa Cooke has spent 40 years transforming Stillingfleet Lodge gardens into a haven for wildlife. She gives lectures on horticulture and rare species It may look like it has been there forever but the pond was created by Vanessa and her family and attracts a wide variety of insects The garden is open from April to September on every Wednesday and Friday afternoon plus the first and third Saturday and Sunday of the month. Vanessa planted beach trees after flooding meant that the previous trees died and had to be removed. It leads up to the house which has been the Cooke's family home for 40 years. Attracts and vast array of insects.