Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens

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Manchester, England
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Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens Manchester Reviews

sarahelaine sarahela…
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Fletcher Moss Dec 31, 2011
Fletcher Moss is a pretty park and botanic garden in Didsbury, a very nice suburb of Manchester (although not *every* doctor and solicitor in Manchester lives in Didsbury, I wouldn’t be surprised to find it was somewhere near three quarters of them…). It borders the River Mersey at one side and has some really lovely little gardens (although no giant greenhouses, unfortunately).

There is a slight scarcity of signs telling you what you are looking at. This is absolutely fine if you are just enjoying a stroll in the sunshine, but it slightly frustrated me because there were some things that looked a lot like Snakeshead Fritillaries and I thought that they only grew in one field outside Swindon, and wanted to check if they were in fact just something similar looking. Of course, very very few people are that nerdy so you're probably fine. It's fair to say that the gardens are amongst the prettiest I've seen in the North West. There are also plenty of open spaces where children can run around, and a pleasant walk along the Mersey (admittedly, not a terribly pretty river at this point - it's been dug into a deep channel to stop it flooding the affluent suburbs. There are also some excellent pubs and restaurants on a green near the park, which is always a good end to a nice walk.

In fairness, very few Manchester bound tourists will make it out to Didsbury, and if you wanted green spaces you probably wouldn't have picked Manchester as a destination. But if you are in the city for a while, it's good to know that there are such lovely parks within an easy journey of the centre. Entrance is free, most (but not all) of the park would be accessible with a pushchair or someone with limited mobility, and there is some car parking available.
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