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Charles Darwin's Childhood Garden Open to the Public for Anniversary (8th February 2012)

On Sunday 12th February the owners of The Mount, Shrewsbury, Charles Darwin's childhood home, will be opening the garden to the public; the place where he first forged his interest in the natural world.

Owners Sharon and John Leach will let visitors explore the garden on Sunday 12th February, the 203rd anniversary of his birth, as part of the Darwin Festival.

The couple have also shared two rare maps of the garden, including an original 19th century site plan, which reveals how it would have looked in Darwin’s time. The 19th century map shows the original kitchen garden, as well as Darwin’s father’s hot house. It also shows the ‘Thinking Path’, which was so beloved by the young Darwin he created a replica at his own home in Kent later in his life.

Visitors will have a chance to take a walk down Darwin’s ‘Thinking Path’ as well as visit the old Ice House. The open day is part of the annual Darwin Festival.

The event has been organised by students from Harper Adams University in association with Shropshire Wildlife Trust and Mr and Mrs Leach.

The students will take visitors on tours of the garden and surrounding area and talk about the young Darwin and his family. Darwin-themed refreshments will be on offer including fidget pie and Galapagos soup.

Parking will be available on Frankwell car park, and attendants will be on hand to direct visitors to the garden. Entry will cost £3 for adults (children free).