Southlands was created by artists Maureen Sawyer and Duncan Watmough, and has been awarded BBC Garden of the Year for the North of England. In 2000 'Southlands' opened its' gates to the public and from 2002, the National Garden Scheme. Since then the garden has gone on to raise thousands of pounds for charity.
Southlands has been described by visitors as 'totally inspirational' for its multi-award winning garden which unfolds into a series of beautiful spaces including Woodland, Mediterranean and Ornamental.
Southlands is a south facing town garden owned by artist and designer Maureen Sawyer and artist Duncan Watmough. Over the years, Southlands has made appearances in many horticultural publications, television shows and gardening competitions.
Since winning the BBC Gardener of the Year for the North of England in 1999, Southlands has been featured in Gardeners' World magazine and at the 'Open Gardens Exhibition' at the Museum of Garden History, Lambeth Palace, representing the Cottage Garden Society in 2012. It was also a finalist in the 2012 Daily Mail National Garden Competition, and more recently featured on ITV Love Your garden (2016), BBC North West tonight (2017), and in English Garden magazine and Garden Answers (2019).
Open day for the National Garden Scheme Dates for 2021 coming soon