Visits in 2021

Sadly we were unable to have our usual meetings during the 2020/2021 season, however the Committee was able to arrange some self drive visits during the summer. These proved very popular, and we hope they went some way to sustaining the Club through this difficult time.

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Our first outing, in May, was to the Grade 1 listed Iford Manor Garden, near Bath. We were welcomed by owner William Cartwright-Hignett. It was a joy to be able to meet again and see the restoration work carried out in this romantic garden.

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In early July we ventured futher afield, to Wortley House Garden near Wotton Under Edge.

The timing was excellent, the roses were stunning, as was the rest of the garden. We were lucky with the weather too. Thank you to the Dickinsons for their hospitality. To be able to picnic in such glorious surroundings was a priviledge.

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The end of July saw us closer to home in Doynton, just north of Bath. This interesting and most attractive garden, owned by the Lynsey-Clarks, showed us what can be done in this day and age.

This was an evening visit, and thanks to our hosts we were able to have refreshments together.

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In early September we visited the Smale's garden in Upton Cheyney.

This hillside garden was an inspiration. Many trees have been planted in a garden that drops about 50 metres to a stream and wetland area.

Another opportunity to socialise over homemade tea and cakes.

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Our final visit was at the end of September to the Bath Organic Group on Upper Bristol Road.

BOG grows vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers, all without chemicals of any kind. This was an opportunity to learn from those committed to a balanced environment. Thank you to Dan Smith and the volunteers for this special visit.