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Valley of the Owls opens

Garden fans will walk through a  ‘Valley of the Owls’ at a lantern festival.

The valley will be a new feature in December’s ‘Glow Wild Winter Lantern Festival’ at Wakehurst, Ardingly, which has been extended and added new attractions.

It will run for six nights on December 4, 5, 6 and 11, 12, 13.

Trees will drip with lanterns and in honour of Wakehurst’s resident Little and Tawny Owls the route will include the ‘Valley of the Owls’.

Seen from the Himalayan Viewing Point, two dozen giant owl shaped lanterns, about some 100 feet up, will realistically ‘twit’ and ‘twoo’ up and down the valley.

In addition, thousands of lights will be reflected in the lakes around the estate and there will be fire-pits with spectacular displays of flames. The lights of the UK’s largest living Christmas tree will be lit.

Iain Parkinson, Wakehurst conservation and woodlands manager, who helped conceive the event said “We’re looking forward to the children’s reaction to our new Valley of the Owls and in addition we’ve added a new calming Garden of Candles, designed to appeal to a wide variety of people.”

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