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04 July 2019A Day visit to Laskett Gardens and Kentchurch Court, Herefordshire
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A Day visit to Laskett Gardens and Kentchurch Court, Herefordshire
Thursday 04 July 2019

The Laskett Gardens are set in the idyllic countryside of Herefordshire on the Welsh borders are the creation of Sir Roy Strong and his late wife, Julia Trevelyan Oman. The Gardens were begun in 1974 in what was just a bare field and have continued to evolve ever since. There is the Arts Garden, the Topiary Garden, the Rose garden, and more; it is said that a tour around The Laskett  “is planned as a voyage of the mind”!

 On our arrival we will be given an illustrated map and an audio guide, narrated by Sir Roy, to take us round the gardens. There is a small gift shop.

 

We then make the short journey to Kentchurch Court. This is a privately owned Grade 1 listed house, the home of the Scudamore family for almost 1,000 years. A two course lunch is being provided for us. After lunch we will be taken on a private tour of the house by a member of the family – this is very much a family home, now run by Jan Lucas-Scudamore. Parts of the house date back to Medieval and Tudor times; John Nash was involved in ‘modernizing ‘ it in the late 18th Century and one of the highlights are some exceptional Grinling Gibbons carvings. The gardens at Kentchurch have been described as ‘one of the best 12 Secret Gardens in the UK’! After the tour of the house we hope to have some time to explore them before returning to the coach for our journey home.

 

The coach will leave the Commercial Road car park in Shepton Mallet at 08.00, and Redhill at 8.45 to arrive at The Laskett Gardens for 10.30. We then make the short journey by coach to Kentchurch Court for lunch. After lunch, we have a guided tour of the house before exploring the garden (weather permitting) and departing for Redhill and Shepton Mallet, arriving at approximately 18.00 and 18.30.vents

 

The price of the trip, £66 or £70 as shown on the Application Form includes coach travel, entrance and guide fees and a two course set lunch.

 NB If you are vegetarian/vegan please let me know.

 

Please apply for tickets  using the Application Form, shown under Our Society/Documents, to Margaret Barker, The Dower House, Church Walk, Wrington, Bristol BS40 5QQ enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope and payment.  Telephone 01934 862435.  The closing date is June 7th.