Ancient woodland has sprung to life at Moat Park, thanks to gardener John Banham

Diary posted

15th June 2015

Summer has arrived and residents at Moat Park Village are now enjoying six acres of wonderful parkland that have come to life.

Gardener, John Banham, has been hard at work since the work began on Maynard House. John’s been seed sowing, growing and nurturing the grounds to develop the rich abundance of flora and fauna which was rediscovered after many years left dormant.

The mature trees, vibrant flowers and views across the moat look spectacular and there’s even an established haven of wildlife. An owl made his home in one of Moat Park’s oldest trees, while over at the lake, a heron has been spotted. The village even has resident ducks too!

John said:My goal has been to enhance the grounds but still keep the charm of the ancient woodland.

I really enjoy working at Moat Park because the grounds are so unique. I once said to my mother that I’d love to work somewhere with both water and woodland and that’s exactly what Moat Park offers its staff and residents.

I’ve had a few other careers but my love for gardening always pulls me back.

My gardening experience is varied; from Butlins, to looking after the grounds at a former children’s home in Sawbridgeworth, which was later sold to David and Victoria Beckham as their home and nicknamed ‘Beckingham Palace’!

John’s doing a wonderful job on the ‘secret garden’ and his months of hard work to bring the amazing landscape back to life are certainly paying off. We have tried to capture some of this in a short video, taken on one of the first days of spring. We hope it gives you a taste of this amazing landscape.

If you haven’t been to visit yet, we would highly recommend you do so. The grounds are stunning and include an ornate lake complete with its own island and pergola, hanging willow tree and bamboo on the water’s edge.

We organise regular open day events, which you can combine with a tour of the village and hopefully a chance to chat with existing residents