MAP OF MATARA
Trying to find your way or get your bearings? This illustrated map gives you the lay of the land. Want to know more about specific areas, scroll down to the keyed legend.
1. CAR PARK
Zen & House Accommodation Parking ONLY
2. ZEN ENTRANCE
A dry garden in the Japanese spirit, with special rocks suggesting mountains, to which we later added flowering cherries that blossom in the spring.
3. OFFICE ENTRANCE
The circles are based on the principles of Feng Shui , while the waterfall brings favourable energy from the east.
4. STABLE COURTYARD
Originally the stable yard it is now a welcoming, upbeat sunny courtyard, with a pool and strolling bridge, and lots of colourful plantings. Designed as an outdoor gathering and sitting space for the Centre.
5. CLOISTERED COURTYARD
At its heart it is a garden inspired by the great scholar’s gardens of China. These gardens developed from the belief that contemplation of natural landscapes –mountains, lakes, and plants – leads to human fulfillment.
6. KITCHEN GARDEN
The formal structure of box hedging and pond in this sun-trap garden is comple-mented by wild and willful planting.
7. CENTRE ENTRANCE
To the left is a Japanese inspired meditative raking garden. As you step through the Indian carved door frame a green man fountain provides the tranquil sounds of water transporting into a new world.
8. FRONT LAWN
Beneath the elegant veranda is an unruly planting of herbaceous perennials and roses spilling out to an expansive lawn looking over the vista of the park.
9. KINGSCOTE PARK HOUSE ENTRANCE
This area is necessarily formal, the four urns being a device to enable displays to be changed throughout the year, in order that planting can look good all year round, despite the cold, shady conditions of this north-east aspect. Can you spot the giraffe?
10. LODGE GARDEN
A shady secret garden with an Eastern-style covered gateway and small pool, it was inspired by a Japanese tea house garden. This area forms a tranquil setting for the eclectically decorated gatehouse, the honeymoon suite.
11. BEECH WALK
The Beech Walk starts your journey through our woodland habitat onto the church walk.
12. TORI ARCH
The Tori arch at the entrance to the woodlands was originally sited in an All Faiths courtyard as part of the Queens Silver Jubilee celebrations. The arch is a Shinto symbol marking the point to leave the everyday world behind and move into your own ceremonial sacred space.
13. CEREMONIAL CIRCLE
The Ceremonial Circle is the most popular outdoor place for couples to express their own wedding blessing at Matara.
14. WISHING TREE
Inspired by a Celtic tradition we encourage all visitors to tie a ribbon and make the greatest wish. When the ribbon deteriorates it goes up to the heaven and wishes granted.
15. WOODLANDS HABITAT
The woodland is awash with snowdrops, wild garlic and bluebells in the spring. It is home to a wider range of native and small animal species.
16. THE CHURCH WALK
Lined with recently planted hedgerows creating a natural habitat for re-wilding. The ‘green lane’ leads to the church of St John the Baptist and Kingscote village.
Walking the labyrinth can calm the mind and broaden the outlook. Try it!
18. PALM HOUSE
This is the new heart for our underlying commitment of Matara creating a sense of wellbeing, open to our members, volunteers, nature based workshops and a resource centre for the practice of re-wilding of people and place.
19. WALLED GARDEN
The formal box hedging compliments the riotous foxgloves and roses. The roses have been dedicated to specific couples on their wedding day. This sunny garden is full of butterﬂies and the perfume of the roses in summer.
20. DRAGONFLY LAKE
Bordered by silver birches, the richly planted lake is home to ﬁsh, moorhens and dragonﬂies and is visited by a kingﬁsher from time to time. The flow-form fountain brings in energy from the best direction, and the meditating sculpture gives a feeling of peace.
21. WETLAND HABITAT
Rich in wildlife, these two pools are part of Matara’s grey water recycling system. They are fed by bio-dynamic flow-forms which re-energies the water, helping it support life again.
Based on an ancient healing spiral. Walking in with any concerns or issues, at the centre releasing them to earth and letting them go. Walking out in a different direction and a new positive path.
23. APPLE ORCHARD
Planted with old Gloucestershire apple varieties, the orchard produces an abundance of fruit which we share with birds, badgers and mice.
24. CHERRY CIRCLE
A celebration of cherry blossom to linger and enjoy in the spring, inspired by the Japanese cherry blossom celebrations.
25. LADY WITH DOVE
Carved in situ from a dead oak tree, she holds a dove in her hands, a symbol of peace.
This is a grove made up of native and cherry blossom tress set aside as a peaceful woodland area for people to love and remember their loved ones.
27. WILD FLOWER MEADOWS
Take a walk through our wildflower meadows and see the wide variety of wild flowers that grow here.
28. NEW ORCHARD
Each fruit tree has been individually dedicated to a couple who have married at Matara.
29. BLUE ZONE GARDEN
This sunny rose-bordered garden is now sown with brilliant blue phacelia to attract bees, and the whole garden can be heard humming when in full ﬂower. The information boards outline the principles of ‘Blue Zones’ - principles common to all areas around the world where health and longevity are especially strong.
30. PICNIC AREA
Follow the angel who will lead you to the Field of Dreams.
32. FIELD OF DREAMS
A circle of sweetly scented rugosa roses encloses prairie garden of rich colours, attractive to bees and butterﬂies.
33. RE-WILDING AREA
These areas are left completely to their own devices to allow nature to establish it’s own rhythm without human interference.