A word or two about Outings in 2021.
We cannot predict what circumstances will be by summer. Nevertheless we have a plan; and hope at least one Outing will go ahead this year. You all deserve it.
Two of the gardens arranged to visit last year; Wollerton Old Hall in Shropshire and Waterperry Gardens in Oxford agreed to roll over to 2021. Staff at Waterperry have recently been in contact, the date has been set for Thursday 29th July, last year's prices, also honoured.
The date for Wollerton Old Hall is Wednesday 8th September.
The trip on Thursday July 29th may be achievable and a large percentage of the population ought to be vaccinated by then. We hope many of you will feel confident to travel by that date given the precautionary measures taken by the coach company.
Waterperry Gardens are extensive, the whole day will be spent there. The Wollerton Old Hall trip has been limited to that but may include a stopover at Bridgemere Garden Centre as originally scheduled. Private gardens prepared to open, restrict visitor numbers so group visits are not feasible. These will have to wait for next year or beyond.
Hammonds, our regular coach company confirmed the bookings for the dates. They have also gone to huge expense, fitting Aura air filters to all their vehicles. They filter the air and kill covid particles. All passengers are required to wear a facemask, they can do temperature testing prior to boarding and hand sanitiser is provided on board.
Members who want to reserve a place on trips can email us via the Contact Us page Do not send booking forms and cheques until notified to do so.
All the usual information on trip details, including the Gardens, how to book outings and where to find booking forms etc. are included in the Spring 2021 Newsletter so they are available if the trips go ahead but please adhere to the details in this section on Important Information.
If Outings go ahead we will email everyone. If you receive a paper edition of the Newsletter, please retain for use later in order to book.
Please note, Dates and Times quoted in the trip details below are subject to change or cancellation. The final cost of the Shropshire trip may change slightly due to updated prices. Contact with venues including David Lloyd at West Bridgford is difficult with offices closed, staff on furlough, or unable to confirm when they will reopen.
Once it is clear trips are safe to go an email will be sent to the membership or for those without Internet, contacted by telephone.
OXFORDSHIRE - THURSDAY 29th JULY 2021
COST £28.00 per person - Depart Mount Street 8.30 am Depart David Lloyd, West Bridgford 8.45 am.
To include a short comfort stop enroute.
WATERPERRY GARDENS Near Wheatley, OXFORD.
We spend all day here. Included is a 1 hour guided tour, then the freedom of eight acres of landscaped ornamental gardens which have been a delight and inspiration to gardeners for more than seventy-five years. Founded as a school of horticulture for ladies by Beatrix Havergal in the 1930’s, they provide a wealth of interest and garden design ideas.
There is a stunning classical herbaceous border 200 feet long which should be at its peak. Also a formal garden, rose garden, ornamental garden, alpine garden, lily garden and island beds. Enjoy a walk along the River Thame, refreshments in Miss H’s Tea Shop; shop in the Plant Centre and Garden Shop, Gift Barn, Gallery, or explore the Rural Life Museum, Orange Tree House, Saxon Church, and Orchards.
Refreshments are at your own expense or bring your own packed lunch.
Mobility Scooter can access all areas except by the River, most paths are compacted gravel.
We aim to be back in Nottingham 5.30 to 6 pm.
SHROPSHIRE - WEDNESDAY 8th SEPTEMBER 2021
Cost approx £24.00 per person - Depart Mount St 8.30am - Depart David Lloyd, West Bridgford 8.45am
(times are subject to change and may include a comfort stop)
WOLLERTON OLD HALL GARDEN - MARKET DRAYTON, SHROPSHIRE
Following the talk by the then Head Gardener Phil Smith in 2019, it will be a long anticipated return visit for some and a surprise for first time visitors to this much admired 4 acre garden created around a C16 house (not open). Its formal structure creates a variety of gardens each with their own colour theme and character. Planting is mainly of perennials, the large range of which results in significant collections of salvias, clematis, crocosmias and roses. Chris Beardshaw comments on the website “I can show anyone, anywhere in the world, photos of this place and they all agree that it is a world-class example of an English Garden”
Tea/coffee and biscuits included. Bring your own packed lunch.
LOTS OF PLANTS FOR SALE
Some areas suitable for Mobility Scooter but not all.
Arrival time back in Nottingham will be approximately mid to late afternoon.