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Posted:  Friday 11 August 2017

North West Associates
excursion to Trentham Gardens

- Wednesday 9th August –

On a dullish August morning, 111 Manchester Associates set off from various points around Manchester on three coaches, to make their way to Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire.

We arrived at about noon, and in time for our lunch at the Six Arches Restaurant.  This is new to Trentham and is situated within the new Garden Centre area.

The lunch was very nice, with a main course, dessert and tea or coffee to follow.

As the restaurant was within the complex, there was no rushing back to the coaches to go elsewhere, so we could take our time knowing we had the rest of the day free to explore the gardens and shops.

A lot of work is going on at the moment, removing invasive plants such as rhododendron, and bringing the gardens back to how Capability Brown first designed them almost 300 years ago.
They are working with Nigel Dunnet on this massive project.

By now the weather had picked up and it turned to be a really bright day.

Some of us chose to have a walk round the lake, with it's beautiful wildflower meadows, and sculptures scattered about.

One part of the lake must have at least thirty swans on it, with some having young, very nice.

One of the highlights is the wonderful Italian Gardens, recently restored with the help of Multi Chelsea Gold Medal winner, Tom Stuart Smith.

Alan Titchmarsh rates it as being one of the UKs must-see gardens, and from what we saw he was right.

There is so much to see and do here, The Maze, Rivers of Grass, Floral Labyrinth, and the Show Gardens - each with a different theme.

It was all rounded off with a coffee break, then a trip round the Shopping Village and back to the coaches laden with our purchases.

Having said our thanks to the wonderful staff it's time to make our way home having had a very nice day, and once again the weather gods were kind to us.

Cyril Heap

pictures:  cyril heap

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