A small patch of fiery-looking ‘wall screw moss’ (Tortula muralis) sits amidst pastel coloured slate on a Nepalese Chautara at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Arboretum.
A Chautara is a place for weary travellers to sit and rest whilst trekking across the Himalayas. Here it is situated in the Gurkha Memorial Garden at Hilliers. It’s a beautiful and very peaceful part of the arboretum which is adorned with a variety of Nepalese plants.
Chautaras are often constructed in memory of a person and this particular one is in memory of Sir Horace Kadooris – benefactor to the Gurkhas.