The English Garden

Far, Far AWAY

Preen Manor is set so high you can see the weather coming from over Wenlock Edge. The roads are steep and narrow, unsuited to large vehicles and often impassable in snow. You climb up through green parkland scattered with ancient trees, through dramatic woodland and over a plunging stream to the brim of the garden where the long, low house perches just below the crest of the ridge.

The six-acre garden is high and exposed, carved out of ancient woodland on a steeply sloping site, east-facing, between 220 and 240 metres above sea level. The soil varies from sand to clay, over the underlying sandstone.

Now home to James and Katy Tanner and their family, Preen was once the site of a Cluniac monastery, established here in about 1150 – though in the

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