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 Reserve the afternoon of Tuesday 23rd August for our delightful trip to one of the most stunning gardens in Britain, at Wollerton Old Hall, just an hour by car from Knutsford, just inside the Shropshire border.

Set around a 16th Century Hall (not open to the public), Wollerton Old Hall is a series of separate gardens set on an ancient site, but planted informally. Located in north Shropshire and covering 4 acres, its garden rooms are richly planted with perennials and bursting with design ideas. The garden is renowned for its salvias, clematis and roses, growing in controlled exuberance, and the clever use of colour, form and scale. The gardens are however quite compact, so you won’t have that far to walk to see all of them.

We shall drive there in our own cars (sharing where possible) to arrive by 2pm for an exclusive Guided Walk with the Head Gardener (our trip is on a Tuesday, when the public will not be present).Then after strolling round the many individual gardens that the owners, an artistic couple, have developed over the years, we shall come to rest in the Café for a delicious Cream Tea, included in the price, comprising a scone, with cream and jam, plus Strawberries and a nice cup of tea or coffee. If you wish, you can purchase cakes also.

Visitors applaud these gardens: “I liked it so much, I plan to visit again as soon as I can!” “Such a delight! This will tingle all your senses”. “An outstanding garden with so much to see and such inspiration with the design”. “The food alone was worth paying the entrance fee!”

And the gardening experts agree:


         Chris Beardshaw says “I can show anyone, anywhere in the world, photos of this place and they all agree that it is a world-class example of an English garden.”

                              Sir Roy Strong says “The test of a good garden is whether it fires you up to change your own, and that Wollerton Old Hall always does in spades”.

     And Carole Klein says “This garden delivers a masterclass on plant associations. The whole thing has been executed perfectly.”

The price for this very special trip is just £18.00 per person. At this stage, we are inviting Members and their Partners, and also Probus Widows.

The garden is located just off Market Drayton, and I shall supply you with a copy of the AA-recommended route.

So don’t delay! Sign the Clipboard at the next Meeting! Terry needs your payments as soon as possible, and no later than 15th July.


Richard Fenby

Acting Social Secretary