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Programme of Garden Visits

There is always an interesting and full programme of garden visits.  Places are always limited and often fill up quickly. Visits are announced in the Newsletter and bookings are by post only. Details will be enclosed with the Newsletter. From 2012, due to the high demand for garden trips, only members will be able to apply in the first instance. Guests will be placed on a waiting list. After 6 weeks from the date of member application, guests will  be allocated any remaining places.

Urgent Trip Information

  1. For trips, if you have not received a slip in lieu of a ticket two weeks before the trip, please contact the organisers to confirm you are on the trip. We have had one or two trips where people have turned up who have not been on the list.
  2. Please make sure that for overnight trips, you enclose at least an A5 stamped addressed envelope for all the information that needs to be sent to you.


There has lately been some confusion on the cancellation procedures of trips that members have already booked. Please note it will be assumed that unless previous notification is given to a trip organiser that you will be ready to board the coach at the given time. Prior notification will enable your place to be offered to someone on the waiting list and if this is taken up then it is more than likely you will receive your money back. If there are no people on the waiting list then any reimbursement will be assessed at the end of the trip when all costs have been covered.

If you are not present to board the coach at the given time, due to time constraints, we will leave without you and no refund will be made.  If for some unforeseen circumstance you are unable to make the trip at the last moment please endeavour to contact the organiser/s on their mobile phone so they are not waiting for you to turn up so that the trip can leave on time and not inconvenience members who are ready to go.



Day Trip to:

Aston Pottery and

Radcot House

August 22nd 2017

Aston Pottery: Bampton, Oxfordshire OX18 2BT

This garden has wow factor. It has been built by Stephen Baughan, a potter who also loves plants. The garden renovation started in 2012, the Potterys’ 21st anniversary and is ongoing. The Jubilee Walk has wide borders planted with grasses, asters, dahlias and many other plants to give a long season of interest and some pull in the colour of blue and green of the potterys’ logo. The Hot Bank is full of reds, yellows and orange and sweeps around the summer house, flanked by a curved copper beech hedge. There are other borders full of dahlias that sing with colour. Around the Pottery and tea rooms are many large pots full of eucomis, agapanthus, salvias and bulbs depending on the season. We shall enjoy coffe, a talk and lunch here with a chance of a little retail therapy!

Radcot House: Radcot OX18 2SX

We visited this lovely garden a few years ago with our committee and knew it was one to share with members. It is approximately 3 acres set around the house. It has a formal pond, fruit and vegetable cages, and wide borders planted with a mix of unusual perennials and grasses. There are sculptural surprises and convenient seating. It was featured a few years ago in the FT Weekend as ‘An exuberant new garden’ and in Cotswold Life magazine as ‘Radcot House ends the season in a blaze of glory’. We shall be able to enjoy this garden with a cup of tea and scones.

COST: Members £42.00     Guests £47.00 (after June 1st)

Organisers: Pam Harwood (01934 830089) & Merinda Naimi-Akbar (01934 832284)

The cost includes entry to the gardens, travel, coffee, luncg and tea, garden talk at Aston Pottery and drivers’ tip.

The coach will leave Cleavdon Road car park Nailsea at 08:00 and will return at approx 18:00. The application form is included in the March newsletter.


September 19th,20th & 21st 2017

In response to popular request we have arranged to visit the Beth Chatto Gardens and plant nursery,

Staying 2 nights at the Crowne Plaza hotel near Colchester the visit will also include three private gardens, Dragons, Ulting Wick and Furzelea. We will also have an opportunity to go to Capel Manor and the RHS garden Hyde Hall.

We are required by the hotel to pay an early deposit, therefore it is essential to return this form ASAP to ensure the trip is viable. £75 deposit per person to arrive no later than 1st April.

The trip is open to non-members.

Approximate cost will be £250, based on two people sharing a room. Single supplement £70

Any queries please contact:

Pam Harwood

01934 830089

Chris Lewis

01275 849214

Please return the booking form to: Chris Lewis, The Dairy, Weston-in-Gordano, Bristol BS20 8PZ

Organized by Pamela Harwood, Merinda Naomi Akbar and Chris Lewis


Download the booking form here.



Your Outings Committee are planning a 2 night stay to Sussex in early Spring in 2018. The outward date will be Sunday 29th April returning on Tuesday 1st May. (Bank Holiday Monday in 2018 is 7th May). We will be staying in Haywards Heath and gardens include Pashley Manor (for their tulip festival), Nymans, some private gardens and stopping at Wisley on the way home.

Application forms containing full details for this trip will be included in the November newsletter with and money will be collected in two stages, i.e. initial deposit and then a final payment when numbers are confirmed.

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