AS part of World Topiary Day celebrations, visitors flocked to Levens Hall and Gardens to learn more about the world's oldest topiary garden.

Garden lovers also picked up topiary tips and saw a special topiary-inspired dress designed by Hex Gregson, a student in her final year of a BA Hons in Textile Design at the University of Central Lancashire.

Hex suffers from ME and fibromyalgia and embraced textiles because sewing was something she could do while sitting in bed.

The Westmorland Gazette:

The Cumbrian visitor attraction also hosted a delegation from the European Boxwood and Topiary Society UK and welcomed the President of the French EBTS Patrick Salembier, who designed the topiary gardens in Le Touquet, northern France.

Levens Hall and Gardens’ head gardener Chris Crowder hosted three tours of the topiary garden providing insight into the history of the garden and what it takes to maintain it.

Each hour-long tour also gave visitors the opportunity to ask questions and also learn more about other areas within the gardens.