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Head to Henstead for an exotic experience

PUBLISHED: 13:25 21 April 2015 | UPDATED: 13:25 21 April 2015

Andrew Brogan in the Henstead Exotic Gardens which he owns and is opening to the public

Andrew Brogan in the Henstead Exotic Gardens which he owns and is opening to the public

Hidden behind a 400-year-old cottage in a Suffolk village, an exotic jungle of palms, bamboos and secret pathways transports you into a magical Jurassic Park world

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Hidden behind a 400-year-old cottage in a Suffolk village, an exotic jungle of palms, bamboos and secret pathways transports you into a magical Jurassic Park world.

The Exotic Garden in Henstead has long been a favourite place for garden lovers to admire and even caught the attention of celebrity gardener Alan Titchmarsh who featured it on a TV show called Britain’s Best Gardens.

Over the last 12 years Henstead Exotic Garden, near Beccles, has grown into a two-acre fully landscaped jungle, designed and looked after by Andrew Brogan, 53, who moved to the area from London.

The garden, which started as an abandoned nettle-strewn site, includes trachycarpus from the Himalayas, tree ferns from New Zealand, 50 types of bamboo and 100 large palms.

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Mr Brogan said: “This garden is rare in Britain, but if you found one you would expect it in the west country where it is much wetter.

“The first five years we had were quite mild winters, so I think the plants sorted themselves out and each year they got more hardened to it.”

The garden is open every Wednesday from May until October, 2pm until 5pm to visitors. www.hensteadexoticgarden.co.uk

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