Who’d have thought… a Japanese garden and meditation centre right in the middle of Nottinghamshire.

It’s called Pure Land and is located in  the village of North Clifton, an ex-mining area in Newark. It’s run by a Buddhist monk called Maitreya.

He moved to North Clifton in 1980 and slowly transformed his land into a wonderful Japanese garden. He even brought in bulldozers to create the mounds and ponds….not very Zen, but the result is lovely…really lovely.

Take a stroll round, relax and feel the peace and calm around you.

You can talk to Maitreya himself. Now in his eighties he looks the figure of health. He chats away and makes you Japanese food or English tea depending on your fancy.

Well worth a visit.

Find out more here.

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