Outings 2022

GOOD NEWS and Booking Form

We have finally been able to resume Outings to Gardens.

Hammonds, our regular coach company, have gone to huge expense, fitting Aura air filters to all their vehicles. They filter the air and kill Covid particles. Face coverings are to be worn in transit.

Here is the link to the new simple online booking form.
Please note this is only for paid up members of Nottingham Group.
We may open to family and friends later - members will be informed of this by email.



As circumstances are different this year notification of Outings are sent to the membership via email or contacted by phone if no internet access. Bookings are only accepted for Members. If places remain available near to the date of the trip invitations may be extended to friends/relatives.

All the usual information on trip details, including the Gardens, how to book, the location of car parking and coach pick up places, are included in Spring Newsletters sent to members. Please retain these, especially if you only receive a paper copy. For 2022 Outings we have introduced a new online booking system.


Cost £32.00 per person - Depart Mount Street 8.00 am Depart David Lloyd, West Bridgford 8.15 am.

No stop enroute. This will include a behind the scenes tour of their Hellebore Propagation programme in the morning [and the chance to purchase some special hellebore plants] and a visit to John Massey’s private garden in the afternoon. This is a garden that looks spectacular throughout the year and I think we are all in need of some inspiration for the coming year. There is plenty to see and tempt you in the actual nursery. There is an excellent cafe and interesting undercover greenhouses and shops.

As in previous outings we will travel with Hammonds Coaches . This is a local firm who have invested in special air filters in every coach and thorough cleaning before the coaches leave. At present we are requested to use masks and hand sanitiser is provided.

RHS BRIDGEWATER GARDENS Salford, Greater Manchester SAT 2nd Jul

Cost £17.00 per person

Bank transfer reference ‘BRIDGEWATER’ - Cut off date for transfer 22nd June

Depart Mount Street 8.00 am Depart David Lloyd, West Bridgford 8.15 am.

No Charge for entry; as an affiliated Society we are entitled to one group visit per annum to an RHS Garden

Refreshments at your own expense

At least one of our members visited here in 2021 and plans to return; a good indication it is worth a visit. Situated on the former site of Worsley New Hall, by Salford’s Bridgewater Canal, covers 62ha (154 acres). Described as a plantsman's paradise, it is a thoughtful blend of heritage landscapes, contemporary and traditional garden styles. This horticultural treasure trove of impressive year-round colour and inspiration features one of the largest walled gardens in the UK; vibrant spring and summer colour in magnificent borders; a productive and beautiful Kitchen Garden; glasshouses and woodland and meadow walks. There are eight different themed gardens to stroll around and a year-round programme of events including art and heritage exhibitions.


Garden facilities include Bridgewater Cafe and Coffee Bar, Garden Cottage Cafe and Woodland Play Cafe. Garden Centre, Designated picnic areas. Toilets, mobility scooters and manual wheelchairs.

Mobility Scooter - if taking own, permission required, please contact Sandra

We aim to return to Nottingham by 5.30 pm

PARK FARM Crink Lane, Southwell, NG25 0TJ - WED 20th JUL @ 2pm

Visit by Own Car or Public Transport, regular bus service from City Centre to Southwell.

Cost £5.50 per person including guided tour lasting about an hour or so.

Please note the visit is limited to 30 members. Excess bookings will go on a waiting list.

Bank Transfer reference ‘PARK FARM’ - Cut off date for transfer 6th July

Parking within the premises for 15 cars only. STRICTLY NO PARKING on the road. Car sharing advised.

A 3-acre garden with an extensive variety of trees, shrubs and perennials, many rare or unusual, long colourful herbaceous borders, roses, alpine/scree garden and a large wildlife pond as well as a maturing area of woodland and acid loving plants. There are spectacular views over the Minster across the wildflower meadow and Ha-ha.

The garden is open for the NGS, the weekend following our visit and should be at its best.

There may be plants for sale.

No refreshments are provided for group visits but there is plenty of seating and a few tables in the garden. The owners confirm you are more than welcome to bring whatever you like to have in the garden after the visit.

There are plenty of places nearby for refreshments - two garden centres and cafes in Southwell.

Locations of these will be issued nearer the date.

Own Mobility Scooter - check with Sandra


Duration, approx 2 hrs in the morning. Time to be confirmed

Cost £5 per person, donation to the Cucumber House Restoration Appeal.
Reservations can be made now but the payment method will be confirmed nearer the date.
Frequent bus service from City Centre stops outside. Further details given nearer the time on parking.

The Old Walled Garden covers a large area within the Park but is not open to the public. Originally the extensive kitchen garden supplied fruit, vegetables and flowers for the Middleton family. They eventually moved to another residence and sold the whole site to the City Council in 1922. The garden area became the centre for Parks Departments until they transferred to Woodthorpe Park. From then on it descended into dereliction. Parts of the walls and farm buildings remain. The Gardener’s Cottage is much as it was when the Head Gardener and his family resided there.

A group of volunteers have set about the enormous task of restoring the garden. Last autumn the Friday Group were entertained on a guided tour of the site and were amazed at the amount of progress made in a short time. Last year we donated plants, seeds and, following our tour, a contribution to the Cucumber House Appeal. More developments have taken place since our visit last year.

An article about the garden by Kath Robins featured in the Spring 2021 Newsletter.

No seating or toilets in the Garden. Cafes and toilets in the Park.

Not suitable for mobility scooters


Cost £ 33.00 per person
Cheques should be post dated 1st April 2022 for early reservations.
Bank Transfer reference ‘PICTON’ - Cut off date to pay transfer 3rd September
Depart Mount Street 8.00 am Depart David Lloyd, West Bridgford 8.15 am.

Refreshments taken on route at own expense.

There will be a comfort stop on the outward journey with time for a coffee.


The group last visited this garden west of the Malvern Hills in 2011. Featuring colour and interest all year, in September/October its colourful borders display the National Plant Collection of Michaelmas daisies, backed by autumn colouring trees and shrubs. Many unusual plants are to be seen, including bamboos and acers, feature raised beds and the silver garden. There is the National Plant Collection of autumn flowering asters and an extensive nursery that has been growing them since 1906.

Wheelchair access, gravel paths but all fairly level. No steps.

No refreshments. 1 Portaloo. Plants for sale

Own Mobility Scooter please check with Sandra

Lunchtime St. Peters Garden Centre near Worcester. A large garden centre with plenty of choice for eating and shopping but we may only be there for one hour at the most. We will not be using the Restaurant.

Afternoon visit to White Cottage, Stock Green, Redditch, Worcs.


A 2-acre garden with year round interest, regularly open for the NGS. It features large colourful herbaceous borders, which in autumn, contain asters, rudbeckia, dahlia’s and other autumn flowers. Other features include; shrub borders; island beds; stream and bog garden; a formal area with lily pond and rose garden; stumpery and fern area. There is a large collection of interesting trees including Nyssa, Parrotia and Acers for magnificent autumn colour and many more.

This garden is only open until August but the owners have agreed to open specially for us.

There is a small nursery but it’s unlikely to have plants for sale by the time of our visit.

Tea/coffee and cakes included.

We aim to return to Nottingham by 5.30 pm