As a regular visitor to OP for years I was so disappointed last Sunday to learn I could not visit the upper gardens anymore unless on a guided tour, which I have done before and do not need to repeat. When I go to visit gardens I want the freedom and flexibility to dander around on my own and not ushered along in a group. I paid for a full price ticket but it should only be half the price as I can only see half the gardens. I believe the issue is damage to the gardens, then may I humbly suggest you put on security frim 12 - 5.00pm instead. Its interesting that there's no problem with damage in the lower garden. I was so disappointed with Oakfield nd until they reverse this policy I will not be back.