November, 2019

Visited for the Yellow Book Charity Open Garden afternoon when you can enjoy tours of the arboretum with the gardener. Its great to see people who are creating something that is for the future - some of the features will look at their best in 100 years time. Looking especially good in October are the ornamental crab apples on the front lawn, the strawberry tree, the many maples, and the bed with plants from the Bible - including a fruiting pomegranate. It is a proper arboretum so many of the trees are grouped by type - conifers together, maples together, hornbeams together etc. The tours are fascinating to get some insights about the unusual trees and happen twice each year. I've mixed views about smart hotels but everyone here is really friendly and helpful. The public are free to visit in the afternoon all year for a very modest fee (£2.50 charge). You can use the hotel bar or restaurant before or after your visit but there is no pressure or expectation. There is a small booklet available at reception which provides more information on the unusual trees. There is free parking or take the 298 bus which stops outside at Beech Hill. If you live in North London it can make a nice change from a stroll in Trent Park/Forty Hall. The paths are well surfaced and it is very suitable for wheelchair users.

 

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