I just got back from the most amazing place: The Firs Botanical Grounds. The grounds are part of the university and are located behind Owen’s Park in Fallowfield. Not many people, myself included are aware this place exists. This is a real shame, as it’s one of most beautiful botanical gardens I have ever seen.
Some of the greenhouses feel like you’re stepping into a real rainforest. There is one greenhouse in particular which feels like a hidden part of a tropical forest. The mosses are growing on its walls and there are ferns in there that are almost 100 years old.
The grounds also contain an alpine garden, cactus house, pond, edible garden and house with carnivorous plants. The place is also extremely popular with the local wildlife, and many birds and insects were spotted.
Sadly, the University is actually considering building a car park of all things over this beautiful place. I hope this doesn’t happen. I felt if more people saw this place they would realize how utterly amazing it is- scientifically, historically and aesthetically. It also felt really therapeutic walking about the gardens. I’ve had a stressful week and it lifted my spirits.
Here are some photos. Bear in mind some of them really do not do the place justice, especially the fern and moss house, which is gorgeous.