Vanessa Cooke has spent 40 years transforming Stillingfleet Lodge gardens into a haven for wildlife. She gives lectures on horticulture and rare species

Stillingfleet Lodge: Eight photos from inside award-winning the country gardens you can visit

Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens near York are a labour of love for Vanessa Cooke and attract visitors from across the world

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

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

5. The pond

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
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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.

6. Opening times

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.
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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.

7. The Avenue

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.
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Attracts and vast array of insects.

8. Wildflower meadow

Attracts and vast array of insects.
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