Gardeners’ Summer Visits

Summer visits to Shrubs farmGardeners’ Summer Visits

The Gardeners’ summer visits this year started after their 2018/19 programme of talks came to a conclusion.  They were particularly happy that the weather remained on their side.

Shrubs Farm

In June, a group went on a self-drive trip to Shrubs Farm in Lamarsh, a garden in the National Garden Scheme.  The owners, Robert & Sara Erith have lived at the farm since 1966.  The farm has superb views over the Stour Valley.  Members were given an entertaining and informative tour of the garden, parkland and ancient woodland by the owner.  Robert explained the planning and ethos behind the beautiful planting and vistas.

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Summer History Visits

History group looking at location of circus seating

Local History Group LogoSummer History Visits

From May to August the WBLHG replaces its normal monthly meeting programme with a series of visits to places of local historical interest.  This year the group visited:

See below (click the links) for the reports.

Upcoming Meetings

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Looking forward to Summer …

Come and join the West Bergholt Gardeners’ Association on their organised 2012 trips, all departing from the Orpen Hall.


Sundial Garden, Hatfield House

An Elizabethan park with a famous Jacobean house and ‘17th-century character’ garden, Hatfield House is the home of the 7th Marquis and Marchioness of Salisbury and their family.

Visitors can enjoy the peace of the West Garden with its scented garden and fountains, and view the famous knot garden adjoining the Tudor Old Palace where Elizabeth I spent much of her childhood.

£25 Members; £27 non-members (includes coach; gratuity; House; West Garden and Park).


Fifteen acres of grounds with seasonal bedding displays to meander around and landscaped gardens designed and built by the College’s students including a ‘Centenary’ garden.” The gardens will be open under the National Gardens Scheme. Times and cost to be advised.

Italian Garden, Wrest park

After decades behind virtually closed doors, its treasures overgrown and largely unknown, English Heritage is reviving one of Britain’s largest and most important ‘secret gardens’. Enjoy miles of reinstated historic pathways as you discover the garden buildings, pavilion and statues. Stroll in the recently restored Italian and Rose Gardens.

£18 members; £20 non-members (includes coach; gratuity and Park).

For further details and a booking form, contact WBGA Treasurer, 44 Pirie Road, West Bergholt CO6 3TA Tel: 01206 242124

This material has been developed for the West Bergholt Village Website at
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