Middleton Hall’s wonderful 45-acre estate is there to be enjoyed by all
Middleton Hall has been a deserving winner of the Northumbria in Bloom award for many years. This reflects innovative thinking about how we can use the grounds to help and encourage people with many and varied needs to gain pleasure from the outdoors and enhance fitness. An engaging programme of monthly talks and workshops draws people from all corners of the village.
Numerous walks (all with wildlife packs available from reception to point out highlights) have been created. The Woodland Walk is the longest – a mile of pretty, winding paths through woodland and fields. A large section of the Woodland Walk is accessible to wheelchairs. The Footsteps Walk is a popular, fully wheelchair accessible route around the main buildings.
A dedicated Gardening team cares for the extensive gardens, which include woodland, natural meadowland, wetland, ponds, ornamental, Japanese and butterfly gardens.
Community Allotments and Greenhouse
Many residents and staff have enjoyed taking on a raised bed (or part of one) to exercise their green fingers. In fact, some Waterside and Middleton Woods residents who moved to Middleton Hall partly to offload the responsibility of a large garden have actually decided to take space here. They appreciate the convenience of a raised bed (you can choose from different heights), easy disposal of garden rubbish, water tap and tools at the site … and a handy seat to spend time admiring the results!
Plants and produce grown at Middleton Hall are sold (as available) in The Orangery.
The Wildlife and Bird Hide
Please click here to read all about the bird life at Middleton Hall. All are welcome to use the hide – please ask for a key and binoculars at reception. There is a bird spotting diary and pictures of some of the birds you may see.
There are 46 bird boxes sited around the grounds, with an up-to-date list available to give information about them.
We are very keen on welcoming all wildlife and have lists of mammals, amphibians, butterflies and moths that have been seen. There is great excitement when another name is added!
Cameras are set up in three nesting boxes. We have watched, fascinated, as Tawny and Barn Owls have sat on their eggs and nurtured their young, on a feed to a screen at reception.