Marsh Villa Gardens

Our History

The long narrow valley in which the garden lies was, in the eighteenth century, a tidal creek - the creek upon which Daphne Du Maurier based her novel, 'The House on the Strand'.

Copper mining on the hills above brought about the silting up of the harbour and drainage of the former creek, but when mining ceased in the late nineteenth century, regular fluvial flooding began in earnest. Our 17 acres are, for the most part, a boggy and impenetrable marsh though a major flood relief scheme carried out in 1976 has brought flooding under control.

My 3 acre garden is sited upon land in filled to a depth of 8-10 feet - in filled with whatever waste material came to hand - building rubble, china clay waste from the harbour, clinker from the gasworks, household rubbish, all covered by a mere 3" of topsoil.

We came to live here in 1985, when the 3 acre meadow formed part of a small holding. There was no garden of any description, but I have been planting ever since.

Our Pond

The Pond


Judith Stephens

Judith Stephens

'The garden has been my passion for 20 years. I only wish there were more hours in the day'

Project part financed by the EU,EAGGF and Defra