Painswick, trimmed yew trees and rococo gardens in the Cotswolds

Painswick

Painswick is perhaps the quintessential example of  a Gloucestershire Cotswold village, with old stone cottages, narrow winding streets and a big wool church

The churchyard is famous for its yew trees, count them yourself , some say there are only 99 as the devil himself uproots any more that are planted. Be that as it  may some are over 200 years old, and are elegantly sculpted to make a variety of "statues" in wood - the quirkiness of English topiary at its best.  The trees site incongruously in among the ancient tombs of the churchyard

Just outside the town is the Rococo Garden, an labour of love restoration of a mid-18th century garden

Rococo Gardens, Painswick

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