May 17th 2022 - Visit to the Motte Garden Hunningham CV339DS - 6.30pm


June 7th 2022 - Day trip to the award-winning gardens at two venues: Hodnett Hall with Old Wallerton Hall.


June 21st - Evening visit to Admington Hall Garden


 Summer Day Trip to Hodnet Hall and Wollerton Old Hall Gardens,

     Market Drayton, Shropshire


This super outing will take place on Tuesday 7th June 2022  and will depart Snitterfield Village Hall at 8.30 am, with earlier pickups by arrangement. We should return to Snitterfield around 6.30 - 7 pm.

Cost £27 per person to include coach and entry to both gardens.  


Our first destination is Hodnet Hall Gardens which is a 60 acre landscaped garden with a series of lakes and pools originally set out in the 1920s by Brigadier A.G.W.Heber – Percy, the father of the current occupants. He created a union between the old grounds of the earlier mansion and the newer gardens of the present house. He built the dykes and damned the stream in order to make this chain of pools which animate the garden to this day. They provide a natural habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife.

There are magnificent forest trees and sweeping lawns and in June we should see colour in the form of laburnum, pieris, davida, philadelphus and peonies which will be followed by herbaceous geraniums, erigeron and helenium.

We aim to spend approximately 2 hours at this garden allowing enough time for a coffee break. Coffee and cake is available to purchase if required, at Hodnet Hall.

We will then travel half a mile to our next delightful garden, Wollerton Old Hall arriving in time for lunch at 1 pm. Lunch can be purchased in the tea room at a cost of £9.50 and will consist of homemade soup of the day with a bread roll followed by teacoffee and a slice of homemade cake. This will have to booked in advance. Alternatively, if you wish to carry your own picnic lunch, this can be eaten in the car park area. There are hot drinks and cakes available to purchase in the tea room.

The estimated time of departure from this garden will be approximately 4.30 and journey time home will be around 2 hours.

Wollerton Old Hall is a 4 acre garden created around a C16 house (not open). Formal structures create a variety of gardens each with its own colour theme and character. Planting is mainly of perennials, the large range of which results in significant collections of salvias, clematis, crocosmias, phlox and roses and the planting style is best described as controlled exuberance. Colour, form and scale are all very evident in this garden and certainly one you will want to come back to.

This trip is expected to be a popular one. As usual, members will have first call on places, so please add your name and contact details (emailphone) on the separate sheet to register your interest and state whether you wish to order lunch at Wollerton Old Hall at a cost of £9.50. After this, places will be open to friends and family.