Testimonials: Gardens

October, 2019

Hi Andrew

We wanted to say thank you for our tour of the arboretum last Wednesday. We felt very privileged to have a personal tour from you and we were amazed at your expertise and knowledge of so many trees. The information was relayed in an easily understandable way for a layman and covered quite an area.

It was a present for my husbands 80th birthday and he was very pleased with both the tour and an excellent meal we had before.
So once again thank you and we look forward to joining you again, hopefully on the 20th October for the open day and also for another tour. We will certainly be having dinner in the restaurant again soon.

July, 2019

Dear Grant

Thanks so much for sorting our wonderful bench..mum was absolutely thrilled with it and actually shed a few tears! And it's such a lovely colour and finish and really fantastic views.

It really couldn’t be more lovely, and thanks for making us feel like such special patrons!
Thanks also for tidying up around the tree..it looks really great now.

With very warm regards,

July, 2019

Dear Andrew

I would like to thank you personally for the very pleasant orchestra party last night. The dinner, drinks and other catering were excellent. What a lovely, peaceful place your hotel is!

Many thanks too for the fascinating arboretum tour. I found it enthralling, as did my husband Peter, who had initially just gone along to be sociable. You have a wonderful variety of specimen trees (my professional gardener sister could spend days studying them in detail) and they obviously inspire true passion in you.

I look forward to seeing you in September; meanwhile many thanks for a magical evening.

With thanks and good wishes

November, 2018

Dear Andrew
Again many thanks for a most interesting tour of the Beale Arboretum today.
Everyone not only enjoyed themselves but came away better informed about trees. The weather, although a little windy, was on the whole kind to us. I marvel at the foresight that people like yourself, your Father and Grandfather has/had in planning the layout of an Arboretum and, although you shrugged this off by saying that it’s just an understanding of the trees and how they grow, it nevertheless requires a dedication, not only to conserve but to allow the specimen trees to be seen and enjoyed. You certainly portrayed this during the tour, particularly in displaying your enthusiasm for what you do and all with such few staff. You also did well in testing our knowledge, not only of Latin but also a little bit of history.

Your commitment to the conservation of the species of trees is totally obvious in the way that the Arboretum is laid out, the trees together in groups was particularly enlightening. Also the way that leaves are at this time of year left on the ground to add more overall colour to the surround.

With regard to the afternoon tea, this was greatly appreciated by all, not only on the quality but on the quantity of fare that was provided. Our waitress, Lucy, looked after us all very well and can be commended on the quality of service provided.

I know that Tina Beckley-Luck has left for pastures new, but I spoke with her earlier in the year when arranging this return visit, but I will drop Louise Fickling a line to thank her for her contribution to such an enjoyable afternoon.

November, 2018

Hello Catherine. Just wanted you to know what a lovely afternoon we had with Andrew on the Arboretum tour.
It was a beautiful afternoon. Followed by a good cup of tea and coffee with biscuits. We introduced some of the family to the hotel and they visited this weekend. Please pass on our thanks to Andrew. Potters Bar Tangent Club

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