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

Some early morning rain had dissipated before some dozen or so of us set out for Wollerton Old Hall near Market Drayton, and we arrived in bright, warm sunshine – a perfect Autumn day. The gardens were as immaculate as ever, and despite the lateness of the season, there was an amazing amount of colour. The planting is inspirational, with colour and form clearly showing the owner’s artistic background, and the variety of plants tested even the most knowledgeable of our members.

The café served a good selection of lunches, and then further exploration of the garden was rounded off with tea and cake, an enjoyable end to most enjoyable day.


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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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