Society Trips

Now that Covid restrictions are easing some trips have been arranged for 2021 but as there are likely to still be restrictions on mixing most trips are likely to be “own transport” for the near future.  This page will be updated when trips have been arranged . For more information and booking please contact the trip organisers shown.

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Woolerton Old Hall, Market Drayton, TF9 3NA: Thursday 23 September

There will be a visit to the outstanding garden at Woolerton Old Hall on Thursday the 23 rd of September and we propose meeting at 11.30 a.m. to take advantage of their very good catering facilities.

We can’t prebook meals as it’s a public open day but they would like to know how many of us would like lunch for ordering purposes. They don’t need to know about tea/ coffee/ cakes. It would be perfectly possible to take a picnic, though you couldn’t eat it in the confines of the garden but the car park is in the field opposite.

The cost of entry is £8.50 but if we are 20 or over in number, that comes down to £7.50

It is in every respect an outstanding garden so do hope you can join us.

Contact Jenny on 01902 750301 or email There is an answer phone so do leave a message and I’ll get back to you.


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Hook a Gate, Shropshire on 26th August

2 School Cottages, Hook a Gate, Shrewsbury, SY5 8BQ.

Visitors explored the garden of Andrew Roberts and Dru Yarwood at School Gardens, Hook-a-Gate, near Shrewsbury.

Organisers of the open gardens scheme describe the garden as “delights and surprises at every turn. There was interest as soon as you entered the property, from little nooks and crannies to fabulous views towards Wales.”

Haye Court, Lower Forge, Nr Bridgnorth Weds 4th August

Around 20 members visited this six year old garden at Eardington, near Bridgnorth, the work of the wonderfully named Mrs Paradise – how many of us have a garden named after us by Monty Don ?

The garden is very structured, dictated by the sloping nature of the site, and paths meander through  a series of densely planted beds from one sitting place to another. The planting is largely evergreen, with a huge variety of  trees and shrubs  ( mostly commonly grown varieties) , and an abundance of topiary. Mrs Paradise was a renowned national flower demonstrator , and this is evident from the way that colour and form is integrated into the overall plan. Members’ opinions were divided, ranging  from–“ beautiful, tranquil, inspiring” to “lacking in colour, too formal” and “ where’s the lawn ? “. No one could deny the quality of the garden however , everything was beautifully tended, and the (part- time ) gardener was on hand to answer our many questions.

For some, the highlight of the day was the afternoon tea. Served in a sunny courtyard, there was endless tea and coffee and a selection of delicious home made cake. To round off an enjoyable afternoon , we were forced to take home the surplus cake.

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