The leafy woodlands that edge the reservoir provide the perfect chance to discover an array of native trees such as oak, ash, beech and holly as well as laurel and rhododendron. Some of the oldest trees date back 250 years,
‘In summer, the buttercup meadow is awash with marsh orchids, ox eye daisies and yarrow.’
giving it a fairytale atmosphere. My children are convinced that fairies and pixies live within the branches and roots. Many exotic species of trees also flourish and you will find glorious monkey puzzle trees and grand firs intertwined with more indigenous varieties.