Saturday 11 May 2019
Michael Heseltine’s Thenford Garden & Arboretum in Spring via Stratford-on-Avon
Saturday 11 May
As Thenford Garden does not open until 2pm, it is an ideal opportunity to visit Stratford-on-Avon for a couple of hours en route. As you all know, there is plenty to do and see in this interesting town and no shortage of eating places in town or by the river. A map of the area will be given out on the day.
During our visit last year Heseltine’s gardeners said you must come in May next year, as there should be a lovely display of spring blossom and spring flowers in the garden. So that is what we are doing but it is very difficult to book a visit to this garden as openings are very limited.
The house and its surrounding grounds were purchased in
1976 and over the next twenty-five years, the Heseltines’ priority was the restoration of 40 acres of woodland. The arboretum, now spread out over seventy acres, features a collection of more than three thousand different trees and shrubs, together with extensive herbaceous borders, water gardens, an alpine trough garden, a sculpture garden, a rose garden and an amazing rill. An eighteenth century avenue of mature yews has been returned to its former grandeur.
It is also well-known for its sculpture garden. There are lots of seats around where you can sit and admire the view as you take a rest. The pretty little village of Thenford is delightful to stroll around. There will be tea, coffee and cakes for sale during the afternoon in the Church Barn. All proceeds go to the local church which is well-worth a visit.
The total cost of the trip is £52.50 per person. This includes all coach travel and entry to the garden. Please send a £15 non-refundable deposit per person when booking. The coach will leave Shrewsbury at approximately 9am and return about 7pm. The exact timings will be confirmed 7 days before travel. NB: Lots of walking in this garden!!