July 18, 2011

Charles Bird, Garden of ornaments

this picture (September 2008) 
courtesy of stowupland, Flickr

The picture above gives an impression of the Garden of ornaments in the community of Stowupland  (Suffolk area, United Kingdom) as it was in September 2008, just before it was demolished.

Life and works

Charles Bird (1933?-2006), who created this garden, made a career in the Royal Air Force.

The garden project probably came in full swing when Bird got retired, probably in the early 1990s.

The following pictures, made in the 1990s,  show that in these years the garden was abundantly decorated with all kinds of colourful items, including a display with US license plates.

this picture and the next two (made in the 1990s
courtesy of Katie Teague
This display also has a sign in which Bird pays tribute to his American connection. This refers to a number of friends he made in the United States when in the late 1950s he stayed there for some six months to attend a training course.

Garden ornaments such as water pumps and bird houses, were Charles Bird's favourite items.

He died in February 2006.

I suppose that after some time the house was sold. The new owners removed most of Bird's decorations. They may have thought that one water pump and one birdhouse would be enough.

* Via private correspondence with Katie Teague, a member of Charles Bird's American connection I got some biographical data and a number of pictures.
* The internet has no documents that relate to the garden

first published: July 2011, last revised September 2016

Charles Bird
Garden of ornaments
Sycamore Road
Stowupland, Suffolk, East of England region, UK
the decorated garden doesn't exist anymore


  1. Amazing collection of garden ornaments.These ornaments are very useful for our garden.Thanks to the writer for sharing garden ornaments pictures.

  2. Garden ornaments are the essential part of garden.Above shown ornaments look so creative that makes your garden so attractive. I really like these garden ornaments.

  3. This is my late father Charles Alfred Birds Garden I'm his youngest daughter I would be very grateful if anyone would post back to myself. I was very saddened when they tore down my dad's Garden and built house in its place and named the house in respect of my ate dads water pumps which I am glad of thankyou so much Respectfully Mrs J Bird