Most people know Orleans House today as an art gallery and education centre with a café in the stable yard; the recently restored Octagon Room is a popular wedding venue. But step outside and you’ll discover the wild side of what once was a large 18th-century estate.
Among the trees in this woodland near Twickenham riverside there are little reminders of its rich history. Narrow winding paths lined with cow parsley and gnarled tree trunks covered in ivy create a magical atmosphere. Birdsong can be heard everywhere, and the observant stroller will notice the drumming of the great spotted woodpecker in the high canopy.
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Twickenham Wildlife Photographer